Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB-TV). – Every year on September 21, people from all over the world come together to shine the spotlight on Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia – a group of disorders that impair mental functioning. Some early signs of the disease include memory loss that interferes with daily life, confusion with time or place, new speech or writing problems, change in mood or personality, and decreased or decreased bad judgment.
To date, more than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the disease that kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Care and support for people living with Alzheimer’s disease costs the nation more than $ 300 billion, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but intense research is being done to try to find a cure and slow the cognitive impacts of the disease on people.
Help is just a phone call away if you or someone you live with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 hotline can be reached by calling 800-272-3900. You can also go to alz.org to access more information and resources in your area.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and raise funds for care, support and research related to Alzheimer’s disease. Over 600 communities nationwide host the event each year, including right here in the Florida Panhandle!
The Central and North Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will host the Emerald Coast Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida on November 13, 2021. During this walk, community members will gather, wearing purple clothing and holding a colorful flower representative of their connection to Alzheimer’s disease. This year’s walk will be held outdoors in person and virtually, so you can walk from just about anywhere! If you would like to register to walk, create your own team or make a donation, click on HERE.
This year, our own meteorologist Kristen Kennedy will host the Emerald Coast Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease! For those of you who don’t know, Kristen has been volunteering and fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association since the start of the year. She can’t wait to see everyone come together to reflect, support and stand up for each other at this year’s event while hoping to end an illness that has had a personal impact on her family. If you would like to join Kristen’s team or make a personal donation to her fundraising goal, follow the link here: Team Mind Over Miles – Kristen Kennedy.
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