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Walk to End Alzheimer’s slated for Oct. 14

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He was a “crossover artist” decades before anybody knew what the word “crossover” meant in regard to music.

Glen Campbell, the singer-guitarist who in the 1960s and ‘70s fused country and pop with hits such as “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” died last month at 81 from Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2011, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and mounted a well-publicized farewell tour.

To bring awareness to the disease at the local level, the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter, is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 14 in Roswell.

The event will take place at Pioneer Plaza, with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The walk is free of charge, but pre-registration is highly encouraged.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event for raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Everyone in Roswell and surrounding communities are invited to participate in this colorful event.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association’s flagship fundraiser with walks scheduled across the country from summer through fall.

“When participating in the walk here in Roswell you help spread awareness, give hope to the community, and increase funds for research as well as community support and programs,” said Priscilla Lujan, southeast regional manager, Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

Awareness-raising events like this are increasingly important as the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast. Today, 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease — 3.3 million — are women. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll — not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. In our own state, 38,000 New Mexicans are suffering from Alzheimer’s. They are cared for by 106,000 unpaid caregivers, many of whom are members of their own families.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia. By 2050, someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s dementia every 33 seconds. By that same year, as many as 16 million will have the disease.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $259 billion in 2017, increasing to $1.1 trillion by mid-century.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. It’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900.

For more information about the walk or to preregister, call Ashley Martinez at 505-266-4473.

Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.