The Alzheimer’s Association® invites Terre Haute-area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday at Fairbanks Park amphitheater in Terre Haute. The funds raised from the walk will support critically needed research, as well as local education and support programs. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m.
Along the walk route, participants will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, volunteer opportunities, public policy initiatives and local programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter.
On walk day, participants will honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with Promise Flowers during the poignant Promise Garden Ceremony – a moving display of hope to represent the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s. A blue flower indicates the participant is currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Yellow flowers signify Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. Those carrying purple flowers have lost someone to the disease. Finally, participants with orange flowers support the Association’s vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.
“It is one thing to hear the sobering statistics on this disease, but the Promise Garden Ceremony is a powerful way to witness the impact in the local community firsthand,” said Katie Griffin, Manager, Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Terre Haute. “Many participants will even write a tribute to a loved one on the petals. It’s a meaningful way for friends and family to come together in the fight against Alzheimer’s.”
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, including 110,000 in Indiana. Approximately 1,800 are living with the disease in Vigo County alone. Another 5,300 are serving as unpaid caregivers.
In 2018, Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Terre Haute raised more than $64,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This year, the Greater Indiana Chapter aims to raise $74,000.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Terre Haute is supported by Nationwide Presenting Sponsor Edward Jones and Chapter-wide sponsor Trilogy Health Services, with additional support from American Senior Communities and Providence Health Care.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register online for free at alz.org/Indiana/walk. For Walk updates, participants may visit the Greater Indiana Chapter on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @alzindiana and join the Terre Haute Walk to End Alzheimer’s Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/terrehautewalk.