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2018 Alzheimer’s Walk plans underway

The Jordan block park — Main Street between Columbus and La Salle streets in downtown Ottawa — will again be the stage for the 2018 Illinois Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Members of the committee began meeting in February and are planning another walk to promote awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  

Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior, and not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time. Although symptoms can vary widely, the first problem many people notice is forgetfulness severe enough to affect their ability to function at home or at work, or to enjoy lifelong hobbies.

This disease may cause a person to become confused, get lost in familiar places, misplace things or have trouble with language. It can be easy to explain away unusual behavior as part of normal aging, especially for someone who seems physically healthy.  Any concerns about memory loss should be discuss with your doctor.

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases.  That includes 11 percent of those age 65 and older and one-third of those 85 and older. The disease also impacts more than 15 million family members, friends and caregivers.

Dementia is a general term for the loss of memory and other intellectual abilities enough to interfere with daily life.

The committee urges anyone interested in joining in this fight to visit alz.org/walk to re-register your team, sign up a new team, or just learn more about the event and how you can help as a company, team or individual. It is time for teams to start their fundraising efforts so that our Walk to End Alzheimer’s of Illinois Valley can reach, or surpass their 2018 goal.

For information call 815-744-0804 or Karen, event chairmman, at 815-252-2091.

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