Most of us have been affected by Alzheimer's Disease in some way, whether it be a loved one who was diagnosed or the loved one of a friend. One things for sure: watching the disease take its toll on individuals and their families is not fun!

What CAN be fun, though, is participating in events that bring awareness to the disease!

In the day of COVID-19, even awareness walks are being done differently to protect participants. The West Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place virtually on Sunday, October 18.

Participants are encouraged to register at alz.org/walk and then walk in their own communities or neighborhoods. All registered participants will receive a pack of Walk to End Alzheimer's flags to display in yards or windows and carry on Walk day.

There will be an online Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by a view-only visit of the Promise Garden at Snow Hinton Park beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Registered walkers will also receive access to Mainstage, a virtual platform that will allow participants to experience their favorite parts of Walk day, including interacting with other walkers, visiting sponsor booths and more!

These types of events not only show caregivers that they aren't alone, but they also assist in educating others to recognize some symptoms of various diseases.  The following are recognized by the Alzheimer's Association as signs of the disease:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
  3. Difficulty completing difficult tasks.
  4. Confusion with time or place.
  5. Trouble understanding visual and spatial relationships.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
  8. Decreased or poor judgment.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  10. Changes in mood or personality.

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