Out of the top life-threatening diseases, Alzheimer's is the only one that cannot be prevented or cured, according to the Alzheimer's Association. In fact, since 2000, the death rate for Alzheimer's has increased 66 percent. It is the sixth leading cause of death in America and the fifth leading cause for people over 65.
It's not just an "older person's" disease, however. About half a million of the 5.4 million Americans with the disease suffer Early Onset Alzheimer's, which develops before the age of 65. And as the large cohort of baby boomers age, it is expected that 10 million of them will either develop Alzheimer's or spend time caring for someone who does.
The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the Alzheimer's Association's main national fundraiser. The Wheeling Walk to End Alzheimer's is set for Oct. 13 at Wheeling Park. The local goal is to raise $21,000 to help the association fund its 24-hour hotline, community and professional programming, and educational materials, as well as much-needed medical research.
Walkers set off during a previous Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Wheeling. This year’s walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association is Oct. 13 at Wheeling Park.
According to information provided by Wendy Hamilton, regional coordinator for the West Virginia chapter, in the last 12 months, the state chapter: