The Alzheimer’s Association invites Boca Raton residents and beyond to join the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, November 14. The event will kick off with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Sunset Pavilion at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park.
After hosting a virtual hybrid event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association will move forward with an in-person Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year, with emphasis on the health and safety of participants, staff, and volunteers.
“All events will implement safety protocols, including physical distancing, masks where required, contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more,” said Stefanie Mardar, director of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “We will also be offering options to participate online and in local neighborhoods and will continue to closely monitor CDC, state, and local guidelines to ensure events adhere to recommendations and are safe for attendees.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. In Florida alone, there are more than 580,000 people living with the disease and 527,000 caregivers.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. On event day, participants will honor those impacted by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony. The Promise Garden’s flowers represent participants’ connections to Alzheimer’s disease and their reasons for walking.
Walk participant Judy Stauffer, who leads the Harbour’s Edge fundraising team, shared: “I walk because I work in a community that has residents I care for and want to make a difference in their lives. My grandmother, mother, and sister also suffered from the disease.”
Register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s here.