CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21 and according to the Alzheimer’s Association International Survey, more than 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia worldwide. About 5.8 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, including over 230,000 Illinois residents.
For those who care for people with Alzheimer’s, they know how hard it can be to deal with.
“The one you’ve known and were working with. Getting up in the morning, having conversations with can’t no longer do that, can no longer hold a conversation with you,” Mackenzie Martin says.
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. This event will be happening on October 5 in Champaign and everyone is invited to participate.
On World Alzheimer’s Day and every day throughout the year, you can help by following these steps:
- Advocate on behalf of individuals and their families
- Write Congress and tell lawmakers to increase Alzheimer research funding
- Donate to the cause
- Participate in The Walk to End Alzheimer’s by starting or joining a team
For more information, click here.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Saturday, October 5 at 9:30 a.m.
2808 South Race Street, Urbana, Il