Participants will walk as individuals, families or small teams around local neighborhoods
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Broward County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Nov. 21.
This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s continues, but instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Broward County.
“This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Wendy Vizek, vice president of constituent events for the Alzheimer’s Association. “The pandemic is changing how we walk, but it doesn’t change the need to walk. This year, more than ever, we need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.”
To enhance the participant experience leading up to the event and on Walk day, new features have been added to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect. Participants can use the app and new “Walk Mainstage” to track their steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their Facebook fundraisers, and access information and resources from the Association and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the disease. A new audio track is available to encourage participants along the way and to congratulate them upon completion of their Walk.
Still, time-honored components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being replicated. On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants walk. A small group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
According to Alie Rousseau, director of the Broward County to End Alzheimer’s, more than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and an additional 16 million family members and friends are providing them with daily, unpaid care. In Florida alone, there are more than 580,000 people battling the disease and 1.1 million caregivers.
“Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we,” Rousseau noted. “We must continue Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and we are working with all participants to ensure they have a powerful and moving experience that is felt when we are together. Many of our constituents are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19 and we know that our volunteers and participants appreciate our commitment to keeping all involved healthy and safe.”
The Broward County Walk to End Alzheimer’s will begin with an Opening Ceremony broadcast at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit www.alz.org/walk.