More than 200 residents from Okaloosa and Walton counties joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 12 at Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Participants raised more than $23,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
“I was inspired by Okaloosa County and Walton County residents uniting in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Tami Miles, an Alzheimer’s Association co-chair for the Emerald Coast Walk to End Alzheimer’s and executive director at Brookdale Senior Living. “With funds raised, the Alzheimer’s Association will be able to provide much needed care and support to people affected by the disease as well as fund critically needed Alzheimer’s research.”
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 today’s more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. In Florida alone, there are 450,000 people living with Alzheimer’s. For more information or to make a donation visit alz.org/walk.