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The Pilot Club of Baytown and supporters will be “Walking to End Alzheimer’s” this Saturday at Bayland Park on Highway 146 near the Fred Hartman Bridge. The walk, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. is a noncompetitive, festive event for families, coworkers, and friends of all ages. Participants raise money for the walk — many of them in honor of lost loved ones.

Individuals, businesses and organizations are invited to participate. Walkers ask friends, family, business associates and others to sponsor them by making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Any donation is accepted to walk. T-shirts are available with donations of $100 or more (as long as they last). 

All proceeds raised locally support programs and services for Alzheimer patients, family members and caregivers in Harris and surrounding counties. 

Once considered a rare disease, research has shown Alzheimer’s to be the leading cause of dementia. Today, finding a family that hasn’t been touched by the disease is nearly impossible. 

• An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2019. This number includes an estimated 5.6 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

• Alzheimer’s disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Between 2000 and 2017, deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease increased 145 percent, while those attributed to the number one cause of death — heart disease — decreased 9 percent.

• One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

As the number of older Americans grows rapidly, so too will the number of new and existing cases of Alzheimer’s. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia may grow to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or cure Alzheimer’s disease.

By joining the Walk you help:

• To show your support for Alzheimer families in your community.

• To protect future generations from this disease.

• To help achieve a world free of Alzheimer’s disease.

By participating, you will be doing good for a lot of people.

The goal is for the Baytown Walk to raise approximately $60,000.

There is still time to register - with any Pilot member, at the event or donate at http://act.alz.org/baytown online until early December.

Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. Alzheimer’s may be relentless, but so are we.                        

— David Bloom

 

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