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Walk for Alzheimer’s care, support and research set for Sept. 21 at Keene State

The Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Western New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Sept. 21 at Keene State College, 229 Main St.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s today. The disease has a significant impact on family members, with nearly 15 million providing care to a loved one, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Funds raised will provide care and support services to our families, friends and neighbors affected by Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to the research that is critical to putting an end to the disease,” said James Wessler, president/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “Local volunteers step up and work hard to make it a powerful experience for everyone who participates.”

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. A Zumba demonstration warm-up will take place at 9:30 a.m. followed by welcoming remarks at 10 a.m. A Promise Garden ceremony and the official walk kick-off are at 10:15 a.m. There are two walk routes options: 2.2-miles and 1-mile. The event includes vendors, food, entertainment and educational opportunities.

To learn more or to sign-up to participate in the Western New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s, call 800-272-3900 or see www.alzwalkMANH.org.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’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. Learn more at www.alzwalkMANH.org.

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