Each of has a friend or a family member affected by dementia or other illness that affects the human brain. And none among us has all the answers – how to detect, treat, deal with or, in the best scenario, find a cure. In recent times we have noted a host of powerful initiatives committed to expanding public awareness of brain disease, to advocate for much-needed research on the cause and potential cure.
Likely the best known of the initiatives is the work done by the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org) Among its many services, Alzheimer’s Association is indispensable as the source the staggering statistics: http://act.alz.org/site/PageServer?pagename=walk_about_alzheimers.
The Alzheimer’s Association is also prime sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for Saturday, September 9, 2017. Community efforts are well underway in preparation for the Walk: For an up-to-date listing of all of the local Minnesota walks, check the Minnesota-North Dakota Foundation chapter here: http://act.alz.org/site/PageServer?pagename=walk_chapter&scid=1752
As for the Twin Cities area Walk, the basics are these: The Walk begins at Target Field and follows a route that can be either one or three miles. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m; the Walk begins with a ceremony at 9:00.
Walkers must be registered to walk the Walk. Though there is no registration fee, planners request that each walker make a personal donation and commit to raise funds. Children are welcome and are required to register. And yes, every walker can pick up a commemorative T-shirt at the Walk. Lots more details on the MN-ND Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association: http://act.alz.org/site/PageServer?pagename=walk_chapter&scid=1752
Whether or not you plan to walk the Walk this is a wake-up call to learn more about the research that’s been done, is in progress or needs to be undertaken. Amy Claussen of the U of M Bio-Medical Library staff has prepared this helpful guide: Resources for Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease. (https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2017/06/resources-understanding-alzheimers-disease/) This is much more than a list of links; Included are a concise introduction to the current status of research as well as links to ongoing brain-related research currently in progress at the University of Minnesota
Questions about the Walk? You’re probably find the answers here: http://act.alz.org/site/PageServer?pagename=walk_website_help