2018 Walk – June 9
Central Park in Mishawaka Indiana.
Pre-registration is closed, register at the walk
Call Pam Harris (574) 284-7104 for information
Why do we hold this fundraiser every year? The answer is:
- Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. One in eight people over 65, and one in two over 85 will develop a form of dementia.
- Currently, over 5.4 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of dementia and that number is projected to TRIPLE by 2030.
- Nearly 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high and about 40% of the caregivers suffer from depression.
- Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had 9.7 billion in additional health care costs of their own.
- In 2016, family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care.
- In 2017, Alzheimer’s and other dementia cost the U.S. $259 billion.
- In northern Indiana alone, more than 36,500 people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. More than 7 out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, and almost 75% of the home care is provided by family and friends.
- Disease education and learning how to use simple caregiving approaches can enrich the quality of life for the caregiver as well as the person suffering with dementia.
- All of the proceeds from these annual walks go directly to serve local families in our own community.
Through education programs and services, we provide training, various types of support, and community referrals for people with the disease and their caregivers.