The Olympics will be gone. But the Alzheimer’s Walk will be on!
Walks are mostly in September and October, with dates varying by town.
Where’s a walk near me?
Check the schedule in your area – go to http://www.alz.org/ and select the top left tab “In My Area” for the US map, and go from there. You’ll find the date and time for the walk in your area by scrolling way down on your state’s page. Or, put your zip code on the top right space on the home page.
Found the date? Mark it down! Sign up Now!
* In Portsmouth, NH the Seacoast walk is September 23, and starts at Strawberry Banke
* In Cambridge, MA the walk is September 23, and goes to Boston
* In Princeton, NJ, the walk is October 14, starting at ETS (the Educational Testing Service)
Most walks begin at 10.00 am, and registration is an hour or more before.
* so future generations won’t have Alzheimer’s
* to raise awareness
* to raise much-needed funds for research
* to find new therapies for prevention and slowing of the deseaise
* to help with caregiver strategies
* to help patients
* to help with families
* to help non-profits, museums, senior center, and art organizations provide programs
* because you care about a fellow human being
Want to learn more about Alzheimer’s?
* Listen to our August 2nd podcast. You can move the cursor to about halfway through the podcast to listen to Finn’s interview of Susan Antkowiak, VP of Regional Programs Alzheimer’s Association.
* Go to http://www.alz.org/ and browse
* Call the National Help Line: 24 hour 800 272 3900. Trained real people answer the phone. Focus is to guide to next steps, and what resources are available.
Want to be sure a Treatment Mentioned in the News is Not a Scam?
Always go to PubMed Health/ Behind the Headlines. This is a service of the NIH and the national Library of Medicine.
So how about the recent headline “New Alzheimer’s drug can stop symptoms for three years” Is it true? Well… sort of.
The new drug is IVIG. And, according to Behind the Headlines:
The idea behind using IVIG to treat Alzheimer’s disease is that it could encourage the immune system to ‘attack’ abnormal clumps of protein (amyloid plaques) that can develop in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
But – it is NOT a pill (as some newspapers said). It is an injection that needs to be given every two weeks (not once, as per some newspapers). And, most importantly, it is still being tested, and likely won’t be available for about 10 years.
So, Sign up NOW, and pledge a few dollars.
And in the fall, get out, have fun, meet some new and caring people, and get some purple exercise.