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9/25/2013 10:27:00 AM
Walk to End Alzheimer's, Oct. 5, a good time to offer support
Alzheimer’s not a ‘normal part of aging’
Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a progressive disease of the brain for which there is currently no cure.

It is not uncommon to lose or forget things every now and then. But if memory problems get in the way of everyday living, it may be time to call for more information or to see a doctor.

There are more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's today. For every person with the disease, another four are touched by it as family members, friends, or caregivers. One in ten people age 65+ and nearly half of those aged 85+ have Alzheimer's disease.

Helpline information and referral

Call 1-800-272-3900, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak confidentially with a trained Helpline specialist who will provide information, support and referrals to local resources.

We also have a wide range of free educational materials to assist you. Our Alzheimer's Resource Libraries offer the loan of books and videos.

Sue Tone

Raising awareness as well as raising funds for programs and services is the purpose for the Oct. 5 Walk to End Alzheimer's event at the Prescott Courthouse plaza.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the 3-mile walk around downtown Prescott begins at 9 a.m. Those unable to walk that far can circle the courthouse, said Meg Fenzi, Northern Arizona regional director, Alzheimer's Association.

"We don't raise money with pledge funds. We raise money just by someone sponsoring an individual or by donations to registered walkers or teams," Fenzi said.

While there's no registration fee to participate, someone raising $100 or more will receive a T-shirt. An amount of $500 or more earns special recognition as a Local Champion and a medallion.

Individuals who make a donation will receive an exclusive lapel pin featuring Vikki Reed's full-color artwork.

Fenzi said she thinks this is the 20th year for the Walk event, with a goal of raising $73,000.

All donations go to the Alzheimer's Association, which uses 85 percent of its money to benefit the care, support and research efforts for Alzheimer's, and 15 percent for administration and fundraising costs.

"No one needs to feel compelled to raise $100 or more. We are grateful for the support we get, and for raising awareness," Fenzi said.

Contributions pay for the 24-hour Help Line, which provides confidential, personal support, information and resources; research to help ensure the continuation of groundbreaking work in finding treatments and cures for this disease; educational programs to increase awareness and knowledge about the disease and how to improve the quality of life for almost 11,000 individuals affected by Alzheimer's this past year; and family care consultation.

Last year, the organization provided individualized guidance on care options, interventions and resources to nearly 1,400 local families.

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