The Alzheimer’s Association invites Albert Lea and Austin residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in its Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Frank Hall Park. Participants can walk in their neighborhood or via the official mobile app or in-person following provided COVID safety protocols. Check-in is at 9:00 a.m. and the opening ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. with the walk to follow. Participants are encouraged to register early and fundraise to help the Alzheimer’s Association reach its $30,000 goal. Registration is free.
“Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and the work to achieve that begins here at home,” said Walk Manager Jennifer O’Donnell. “The funds raised during the Walk will help provide our local community with free care and support services because no one should go through it alone.”
In Minnesota, there are more than 99,000 people living with the disease, and 170,000 caregivers. The funds raised during the Walk will help provide our local community with free care and support services. On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our 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.
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.
O’Donnell is supported by Walk Committee Chair Jaclyn Bird and a nine-person committee including Amanda Irvine, Catherine Buboltz, Emily Goskeson, Wendy Bidne, Wendy Anderson, Lindsay Bires, Robin Krueger, Kris Olson and Kristine Jorgenson.
Health & Safety Precautions
The health and safety of participants are a top priority. COVID-19 protocols implemented follow local, state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, including contactless registration, physical distancing, masks (where required), hand sanitizing stations and more.
Walk from Home
Supporters are welcome to walk from home by engaging in many Walk-day experiences through the Alzheimer’s Association website and mobile app. Experiences include a pre-recorded Opening and Promise Garden Ceremony, an augmented reality Promise Garden that allows participants to select a flower and plant it among others, as well as a route map to track your at-home Walk.
Register, learn more and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk at act.alz.org/freeborncounty. Download the Walk to End Alzheimer’s app in the Itunes or Google Play Stores.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. The local chapter office is located at 3224 6th Avenue NE, Unit A, Rochester, MN 55906. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.