Walk, events planned for Sept.
MANISTIQUE – Schoolcraft County’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” will take place Sept. 14 at the Little Bear West Arena. The walk, along with other events that day, will raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.
According to organizers, this year’s walk will begin with registration at 9 a.m. The walk is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. in Central Park. As an additional fundraiser, a dog show will take place the same day as the walk. The show, referred to as a “fun” dog show, will be complete with judging and prizes.
Other fundraising events, including a bake sale, are in the planning phases, organizers said.
The Upper Peninsula Regional Office of the Alzheimer’s Association is located at 309 South Front Street, in Marquette. The Association serves all 15 counties in the U.P. and offer services such as a helpline, support groups, care consultation and management, education and training, library of informational materials. The helpline is available 7 days per week, 24 hours per day at 1-800-272-3900.
For more information about the walk, or join the committee or volunteer, call Jeani Dalgord at 341-1863, Victoria George at 286-0616, Magan MacArthur at 341- 7169, or Tina Burnis/Elisabeth Wood at 341- 6921.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, fatal disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is not related to normal aging. People afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease usually start with forgetfulness, then advance to repeating themselves, difficulty performing tasks, following directions, and can become agitated, restless, wandering, and have poor personal hygiene. In the final stages, a person becomes unable to speak, smile, and eat.
Nearly one in two people that reach age 85 will get Alzheimer’s disease, and one in eight between ages 65 - 85 have Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death – and the only disease of the top 10 causes of death without a way to prevent, cure, or slow its progression.