The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Mohawk Valley residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Sept. 25 at Rome Free Academy.

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 the Utica/Rome Walk in person, the health and safety of participants, staff, and volunteers remain the top priorities as decisions are made about event details. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

“We are thrilled to be back in person this year so we can bring together the individuals, families, and companies who make Walk to End Alzheimer’s possible,” said Catherine James, chapter executive for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “Our committee and staff are working hard to create an experience that is meaningful, inspiring, and safe for all individuals to participate.”

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 New York alone, there are more than 410,000 people living with the disease and over 1 million caregivers.

It’s one of five events in Central New York this fall, with Walks also taking place in Dryden (Sept. 12), Owego (Sept. 19), Syracuse (Sept. 26), and Watertown (Sept. 18).

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

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.