In the United States, every 68 seconds one person is diagnosed with Alzheimer??s disease.
It's the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., that's why dozens participated in the Alzheimer??s Walk on the Adair County YMCA grounds. The walk was simply to bring awareness to this common kind of dementia, one that affects more than 5 million Americans and over 100,000 Missourians.
??My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer??s disease in 2001 and he dealt with the disease for about nine years and passed away in 2010,?? said Chris Baker, an Associate Director of Special Events for the Alzheimer??s Association.
Alzheimer's is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior.
Although this is the first time an Alzheimer??s walk has been held in our area, organizers say they will try to make it an annual event.
??We started checking into what we could do in this area,?? said Dian Corder, YMCA Membership and Wellness Director, ??There wasn't anything going on so several people did mention they wanted something in this area and we decided to just go ahead and do it to help raise awareness and raise money.??
Organizers say it is not a normal part of aging and it gets worse overtime. If you would like to donate to the Alzheimer??s Association or look for a walk in your area CLICK HERE.