The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Volusia County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, November 6.
While last year’s event was mainly virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association is moving forward with hosting this year’s event in person. Volusia Walk to End Alzheimer’s Director Amanda Harris noted that the health and safety of participants, staff, and volunteers remain the Association’s top priorities.
“All events will implement safety protocols, including physical distancing, masks where required, contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations, and more,” Harris said. “We will also be offering options to participate online and in local neighborhoods and will continue to closely monitor CDC, state, and local guidelines to ensure events adhere to recommendations and are safe for attendees.”
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Al-zheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony—a mission-focused experience that signifies their solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent participants’ connections to Alzheimer’s disease and their personal reasons for walking.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 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 Florida alone, there are more than 580,000 people living with the disease and 527,000 caregivers.
The Volusia County Walk to End Alzheimer’s will kick off with an Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Nov. 6 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach.
To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/walk