Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

June 25, 2013

Alzheimer’s walk planning under way

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Registration is open for teams and individuals to participate in the 2013 Ashland Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Association’s largest local fundraiser will take place on the morning of Oct. 5 starting at the Central Park Grandstand in Ashland.

“Nearly 200 supporters came together and raised more than $38,000 to help reclaim the future for affected family members and loved ones by participating in the Ashland Walk to End Alzheimer’s last year,” said Teri Shirk, executive director of the Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Our goal is $41,000 this year, so we are encouraging participants to register early so that they have ample time to raise funds for the October event.” Participants can register online at act.alz.org or by phone at (502) 451-4266.

In addition to the walk itself, the Ashland Walk to End Alzheimer’s includes an opportunity to visit more than a dozen booths with information about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved, advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research, clinical trial enrollment, support groups, training and other services. Each walker also gets to sign their loved one’s name on a colored pinwheel flower that will be planted in the Promise Garden to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

 Shanna Carver, a long term-care facility administrator, is serving as the volunteer coordinator for the Ashland WTEA.

“I have been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for many years because of the pain that this disease causes families and the hope that there might eventually be some relief,” Carver said. “Knowing, firsthand, the grief that Alzheimer’s can bring, I want to do all I can to eliminate it. I walk for the future.”

Additional events prior to the walk include:

‰A Team Captain Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Friday at Woodland Oaks (1820 Oakview Road in Ashland).  For additional information, contact Shanna Carver at scarver@pmdky.com.

‰The second annual Run to Remember is a 5K that will take place Sept. 7 in downtown Russell. Participants can register early at tristateracer.com for $20 or register the morning of the race for $25. All proceeds go to supporting the Alzheimer’s Association. Sponsors are being sought for this event. For information about sponsoring, contact Shanna Carver at scarver@pmdky.com.

 Approximately 80,000 Kentuckians have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2013 Facts & Figures Report (alz.org/facts), released in March, which also found that Alzheimer’s was reported as the underlying cause of death for 83,494 individuals nationwide and 1,464 in Kentucky in 2010. Moreover:

‰Nearly 266,000 family members and friends are caring for Kentuckians with Alzheimer’s.

‰More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050.

‰Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia.  

Funds raised by the Walk to End Alzheimer’s support research for treatments and a cure, as well as support services. The Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides services to 125 counties across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, including support groups, caregiver training, and a 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900).