You can join the fight against Alzheimer's Disease

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As owners of an in-home care company, my wife, Sally, and I have consistently seen the effects of Alzheimer's disease on not only those with the disease but also their family, friends and caregivers.

Therefore, we have been very active working with the Alzheimer's Association to raise critically needed awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. We have served as co-chairs for the past four years for the local Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Residents are invited to join the fight to end Alzheimer's by participating in the annual walk, to be held Oct. 27 at the Old Town Bluffton Promenade.

Participants will complete about a 2-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 also honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony. In addition to the 2-mile walk, participants will enjoy music, vendor booths and kids' activities. Each walk participant will receive a special pin-wheel flower to take home.

In South Carolina alone, there are more than 89,000 people living with the disease and more than 300,000 caregivers. In the United States, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed.

Additionally, more than 15 million family members and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Since 1989, the organization has mobilized millions of Americans in their Memory Walk; now the Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer's.

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate the 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. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer's.

It is very easy to sign up for the walk. You can form your own team or join an existing team. Simply visit alz.org/walk and look for the Beaufort County walk. Or call 800-272-3900. We hope to see you there.

James Wogsland, MBA and Certified Senior Advisor, is co-owner of ComForCare Home Care, and chairman of the Beaufort County Walk to End Alzheimer's. JWogsland@ComForCare.com; HiltonHead.ComForCare.com

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