Alzheimer's Walk- A Community Rises to the Occasion

Photo by: Kaila Garay 

On Saturday, Sound Options joined the community for the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The office has been looking forward to the day and preparing for months with penny wars, and casual days for a cause.  It was a beautiful day spent walking with beautiful people for a beautiful cause. Individual walkers each had different colored flowers to represent those with Alzheimer’s disease, those supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, someone who has lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s, and those who are supporting the cause and a vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. As everyone held up their pinwheel flowers it was moving to think of all the other people across the country raising flowers at their walks as a symbol of people who have been touched by this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association refers to this moment as a promise garden. It is not only individuals that have Alzheimer’s disease, but families and communities. The dementia epidemic will continue to change the way we think about aging, quality of life, and long-term care. We must all promise to do our part. 

While Alzheimer’s and other dementias do not yet have a cure, it is important that we get involved with those who are facing this challenge, raise funds for research, and find support and care for those with the disease. Here are three ways to get involved and find help:

1. Find a Walk Near You- The Alzheimer’s Association uses walks each year to raise funds to advance research to end Alzheimer’s and enhance care for those living with the disease. You can join a walk or sponsor other walkers and teams. 

2. Helpline and Support Group-If you or your loved one has been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease the Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 to give families local resources and support groups for both individuals living with the disease and family members on the journey with them.

3. Memory Care in the Puget Sound Region- If you are looking to help your loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementias age safely in their own home, you have Sound Options. Our combination of Care Management and In-Home Care tailors care to meet the changing needs of those with this progressive brain disease. This disease demands our compassion, competence, and creativity. For more information on Memory Care, visit our services menu online or give us a call at 800.628.7649.  

To see more pictures from the walk visit our Facebook Page Photo Album

Published on September 15, 2014.