Alzheimer’s Association Emerald Coast Walk to End Alzheimer’s  Nov. 13

Special to Gannett

NICEVILLE – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Emerald Coast residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Nov. 13.

While last year’s event was mainly virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association is moving forward with hosting this year’s Emerald Coast Walk to End Alzheimer’s in person. Walk Director Tina Henson said that the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the association’s top priorities, however.

Some residents of The Emerald Coast before starting The Walk To End Alzheimer's In 2019.

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“All events will implement safety protocols, including physical distancing, masks where required, contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more,” Henson said. “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.”

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony – a mission-focused experience that signifies their solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent participants’ connections to Alzheimer’s disease and their personal reasons for walking.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 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 Florida alone, there are more than 580,000 people living with the disease and 527,000 caregivers. 

The Walk will kick off with an Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/walk.