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Alzheimer’s Association invites residents to join Walk

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The Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter is inviting residents of Roswell and surrounding communities to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Southeast Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 23 at Cielo Grande Recreation Area.

Participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the Promise Garden ceremony, an experience that signifies solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s, their personal reasons to end the disease.

While plans are moving forward to host the Roswell Walk in person, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain top priorities, according to a press release issued by the organization. The Walk in Roswell will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local guidelines will be adhered to, to ensure Walk events are safe for attendees. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

“We are very excited about this year’s Walk. Meeting in person provides for an exceptionally moving experience, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone participate in any way they feel comfortable,” said Tim Sheahan, executive director, Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. “Families facing dementia need us now more than ever, and the funds raised … allow us to continue our mission of ending this devastating disease.”

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While there is no fee to register for Walk, all participants are encouraged to raise critical funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure.

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 New Mexico alone, there are more than 43,000 people living with the disease and 85,000 caregivers.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Roswell, visit act.alz.org/walkroswell or call 505-317-0978.

Schedule of Events: Registration at 9 a.m., ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Walk at 10 a.m.

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