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A timely trek for a good cause

May 25, 2017   ·   0 Comments

AS YOU’VE LIKELY READ elsewhere in this week’s Citizen, the Island Lake Conservation Area will be the scene this Sunday of Dufferin’s  17th annual Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County, the event should be attractive to just about everyone, with no admission fees and a choice of walks just 1.5, three and eight kilometres plus some other features, among them brain games, a raffle table, speeches from local dignitaries and  a caregiver who will talk about her journey and how the Alzheimer Society has helped and supported her.

Perhaps because of the community’s increasing awareness of the dreaded illness, the annual walk has become much more popular, last year’s having raised a record $54,000 and attracted 240 participants.

The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s is a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for between 60 and 80 percent of dementia cases across the globe. Statistics indicate there will be roughly 25,000 newly diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s this year in Canada alone, with 565,000 Canadians currently living with some form of dementia.

         

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