Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Asheville on Sept. 15

Media advisory from the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter:

WHO:             

Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter 

WHAT:           

Walk to End Alzheimer’s® – Asheville

This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. Participants will complete a 2-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association.

WHEN:           

Saturday, September 15, 2018

9:00AM – NOON

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a rain or shine event.

WHERE:         

Pack Square Park

121 College Street

Asheville

Route Map                                                    

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Registration/Check-in: 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Opening Ceremony: 10:00AM – 10:30AM

Walk: 10:30AM – 11:15AM

Closing Ceremony: 11:15AM

DAY-OF-EVENT MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Wylie, Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter, 704-615-9073

PARKING:

Standard and handicap accessible parking is available in the public parking lot on Marjorie Street and at the Buncombe County Parking Garage across from the courthouse. Limited free parking in Downtown Asheville.  Parking Map 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS/PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:

Walk participants will also join in a meaningful Promise Garden tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The day will include fun, all-ages entertainment and family-friendly music. 

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®:

The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter hosts fourteen walks across central and western North Carolina during the months of September and October. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. 

Additional Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)

·       One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.

·       An estimated 5.7 million Americans, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, are living with Alzheimer’s, a number estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050.

·       Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

·       African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.

·       Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites. 

About the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

About the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter:

The Western Carolina Chapter provides patient and family services, information and referral, education, and advocacy in the 49 central and western North Carolina counties that serves over 110,000 people currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 330,000 caregivers in these counties. We provide a variety of services including a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, educational programs, and MedicAlert®. We offer opportunities to get involved and to make a difference. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease or the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter, visit www.alz.org/northcarolina or call (800) 272-3900. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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