5th annual Alzheimer’s Walk set Sept. 24

Published 1:27 am Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The fifth annual Lower Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer’ will be held at Frank Jackson State Park on Saturday morning, Sept. 24 in Opp.

The event is a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration at 8 a.m., opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $236 billion in 2016, increasing to $1.1 trillion by mid-century.

It is estimated there are 89,000 people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s in Alabama.

There is no fee to participate in the walk, but everyone who donates or raises $100 gets one of the trademark purple Alzheimer’s tee shirts. To register to participate, call Deidra Laird at 488-4824 or go to the Lower Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer’s website at act.alz.org/LowerAlabama.