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Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for Saturday

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Altoona residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Blair County Ballpark, Altoona.

On walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease.

The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease.

The colors of the Promise Garden Flowers represent participants’ connection to Alzheimer’s. Yellow signifies a person who is currently supporting or caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s. Where purple signifies an individual who has lost someone to the disease. Carrying a blue flower means you are living with Alzheimer’s. Carrying an orange flower means you support the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Altoona walk will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local guidelines will be adhered to ensure walk events are safe for attendees.

Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

“Our Walk to End Alzheimer’s events are about the community and we are looking forward to seeing our friends and families back in-person this year,” said Lynzy Groves, walk manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter.

“These Walk to End Alzheimer’s events help provide for education programs, care and support and research towards a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.”

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease — a leading cause of death in the United States.

Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

In Pennsylvania alone, there are more than 280,000 people living with the disease and 500,000 caregivers.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/walk.

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