Each year, we ask participants of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s the question “Why do you walk?” This year, we add to that the question “Where will you walk?”
While COVID-19 has prevented large gatherings, the need to walk remains an important part of our fall season in the dementia community. We walk for our physical health. We walk for a breath of fresh air, which is good for both the spirit and the brain. And, yes, we will still walk to raise awareness and donations to continue fighting dementia — just as the Alzheimer’s community has been doing for over 30 years.
The 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s national and local events are planned for October 4, with activities taking place throughout the month. Purple “walk shirts” will be seen all over northeast Ohio in the coming weeks, as participants show their support for Alzheimer’s research, care and support. You can also download the Walk to End Alzheimer’s app to Learn about the new features added for the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s season, to enable you to fundraise and walk from anywhere.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has mobilized millions of Americans to support the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
Participants are encouraged to walk individually in their neighborhoods to join the movement.
The Walk Ceremony, with the traditional Promise Garden Ceremony will be live-streamed and there will be a view-only Promise Garden planted in each Walk community the day of the event.
Anyone who raises $100 receive a walk t-shirt, mailed to your home, though goals met after Sept. 4 are not expected to arrive prior to the date of the Oct. 4 walk event. Those interested in getting involved can go to alz.org/walk to register for the event. On Walk Day, participants are encouraged to:
- Log onto Mainstage, the event’s interactive online experience
- Livestream the opening Promise Garden Ceremony
- Walk in your neighborhood
- Track your steps using the Walk to End Alzheimer’s app
- Visit the Promise Garden location