Hundreds of residents participated in this year’s Northwest Indiana Walk to End Alzheimer’s – both in person in Lake County on Sept. 12 and Porter County on Sept. 18. Other participants watched an online ceremony and walked from home in their own neighborhoods. Participants raised $91,077 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association – exceeding this year’s goal of $85,000. This was the first year the event was held in Porter County.
Fundraising will continue through the end of the year, and those who didn’t participate can still donate to the Walk at act.alz.org/nwindiana. The final 2021 Walk in the Region is set for Oct. 9 in Michigan City. Registration is available at act.alz.org/michigancity.
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 Indiana alone, there are more than 110,000 people living with the disease and 215,000 caregivers. Information and registration for local in-person and virtual programs is available at alz.org/Indiana/programs or the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.