2016 Rehoboth Walk to End Alzheimer’s
It’s never easy to watch your loved one become a stranger because of Alzheimer’s.
Jamie Magee, with the Alzheimer’s Association, Dr. Tawnya Dennis, chair of the Rehoboth Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and Carey Fagan, a walk team captain, joins us today to explain how to get help for your loved one, and for everyone involved.
Carey lost her mother Mary to Alzheimer’s in 2013. Carey found out about the walk in Rehoboth Beach and she wanted to be more involved and raise money. She started a team called “Mary’s Melody” in her honor and they walk each year.
Jamie tells us that the latest statistic is that someone develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds. Jamie says she thinks they are still pretty far out from finding a cure, but there is a lot of research going on.
Dr. Tawnya says they started the Rehoboth Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 1997 with a small group of individuals and now they are close to 400 participants. The event is Saturday, Oct. 22 at Grove Park and part of the walk is on the boardwalk. Check-in is at 8:30 am and the walk starts at 10:15 am. To register, call 800-272-3900.
Jamie says that the walk is their major fundraiser in Sussex County.
“The money goes to programs and services. It pays for a lot of the materials we give out and education we provide,” Jamie says. “We have support groups throughout the state. Just a lot of support.”
Learning more about the disease and looking for resources that are avaible is what Carey said helped her and her family.
“Through talking about it, I found a lot of friends and family who are also going through the same types of situations. It really helps to be able to share the stories and realize you are not alone,” Carey says.