Participants to raise critically needed funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research
NEW BERN, N.C. – Registration is now open for the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter is inviting New Bern and surrounding area residents to turn their community into a sea of purple and help take steps to fight Alzheimer’s.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Bern will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3 at The Galley Stores & Marina located at 300 E. Front Street in New Bern. Check-in opens at 2:00 p.m. and the Opening Ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® participants will complete a two-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
“We invite the community to join us in taking steps for Alzheimer’s disease to support those who are among the 170,000 North Carolina residents living with Alzheimer’s and their 473,000 caregivers,” said Lisa Roberts, executive director of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter. “Our Walks are a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together to help end this disease and to raise critically need funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support services.”
The Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter hosts six walks across eastern North Carolina including: Fayetteville, Jacksonville, New Bern, Robeson County, the Triangle Area and Wilmington. To sign up as a walker or Team Captain or to learn more about becoming a sponsor or volunteer, visit http://act.alz.org/newbern or call 800-272-3900.
Additional Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)
- Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
- Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
- An estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with the disease, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, are living with Alzheimer’s, a number estimated to grow to as many as 14 million by year 2050.
- More than 16 million family and friends, including 473,000 in North Carolina, provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias in the United States.
- In 2018, friends and family of those with Alzheimer’s in North Carolina provided an estimated 538 million hours of unpaid care, a contribution valued at $6.8 billion.
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 – Eastern North Carolina Chapter:
The Eastern North Carolina Chapter provides patient and family services, information and referral, education, and advocacy in 51 eastern North Carolina 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, Eastern North Carolina Chapter, visit www.alz.org/nc or call 800-272-3900. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Submitted by: Christine John-Fuller, Alzheimer’s Association