Nearly 6 million older people are living with Alzheimer’s disease in America and many of them are right here in Alabama. There were an estimated 92,000 people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s in Alabama, according to a 2018 report by the Alzheimer’s Association. That number is expected to rise by nearly 20 percent by 2025.
As their dementia progresses, many of those Alabamians will need the help of loved ones to ensure their care. But, where can caregivers go when they need support?
For 19 years, the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Dothan has been here to provide information and services for families dealing with the disease. Westside Terrace Healthcare will lend a hand to the center during the 27th Annual A Walk to Remember. The walk raises awareness about Alzheimer’s and provides funds for the center’s educational programs and emotional support services. Westside Terrace is one of the sponsors and has donated $1,000 to the event.
“We participate annually in the walk to honor those with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones,” said Kelly Sherrill, Westside Terrace’s director of admissions. “Sometimes, families go through changes and challenges. It’s important for them to have a place to turn to like the Alzheimer’s Resource Center.”
The walk will be held Oct. 5 at Westgate Park and begins at 7:30 a.m. As in years past, Westside Terrace employees and loved ones of residents will also participate in the walk.
“For us, it’s also a fun time to get together and get some exercise,” Sherrill said. “Last year, we received the award for having the most walkers. We’re hoping for good turnout this year too.”
To participate in the walk or learn more about the Alzheimer’s Resource Center, click here.