By Megan Altmyer of Gardant Management Solutions
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is held annually in more than 600 communities, including Kankakee and Iroquois counties in Illinois. This serves as the largest fundraising event for the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Alzheimer’s and related dementias affect nearly 50 million people throughout the world. This degenerative disease of the brain is not a specific disease. Rather, it is merely a description of the symptoms.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is commonly associated with memory loss. Other common symptoms include challenges in planning or problem solving, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place, new problems with speaking or writing words, trouble with balance or reading, the inability to retrace steps, poor judgment, withdrawal from activities and changes in mood or personality.
Early detection matters, so noticing the signs in yourself or someone you know is significant. Seek the professional advice from a healthcare provider to determine proper diagnosis and treatment.
2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s
This year, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for Kankakee and Iroquois counties took place on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The Walk looked a little different this year due to COVID and could not take place as a large, congregated event. Instead, participants could walk in their communities, wearing purple and waving their flags to create awareness. Our commitment to the cause remained. The video below shows many of the Gardant Management Team participants in action.
As of September 22, the Gardant Management Team has raised $1895 for the 2020 Walk. You can visit our Team page here to donate or learn more. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s!