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Alzheimer’s Association invites Bainbridge residents to join walk on Oct. 23

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Bainbridge area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, October 23 in Downtown Bainbridge.

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.

While plans are moving forward to host Bainbridge Walk in person, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the top priorities. Bainbridge 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.

“Bainbridge has a history of support for worthy causes and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is certainly one of those”, added Thea Burke, Co-Chair, Bainbridge Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “Our community is recovering from a spike in COVID and shows it in the excitement around the Walk. We have exceeded our goal and couldn’t be more pleased with the generosity and commitment of local businesses and the community as a whole”, Burke added.

Kathy Warner, Co-Chair states “Many in our community are affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia, so the isolation during the pandemic has been especially difficult for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. We invite everyone to join us in beautiful downtown Bainbridge for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s”.

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 Georgia alone, there are more than 150,000 people living with the disease and 334,000 caregivers.

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