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September 27, 2021 — Alzheimer’s disease is a terrible thing, and most people are related to or know somebody who has had it. The annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an effort to raise awareness and funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s.
This year’s walk in Rock Springs will be held this Saturday, October 2nd at 10:00, starting and ending at Bunning Park in Rock Springs.
Justin Spicer, co-chair of the committee for the local walk describes Alzheimer’s in a way everyone can understand.
“Think of your mind as being this very intricate, well-organized, well-labeled file cabinet. Alzheimer’s is just like dumping it out on the floor and just throwing everything back,” Spicer said. “A lot of those memories are still there, but the filing system is completely shot.”
Long term memory in Alzheimer’s patients seems to be a little more coherent.
“I remember my grandfather could describe when he met my grandmother, or when he decided to talk about it, he could talk about his time in World War II, but he was really challenged on the short-term types of memory,” Spicer said.
The disease can be particularly hard on caretakers, which is why some of the funds being raised will benefit people who take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s. The rest of the money will go towards research.
Participants can register at the Alzheimer’s Association website. Volunteers are encouraged to show up at 8:30 the day of the walk to help set up. There will be a hamburger barbeque shortly after the walk.
“We encourage people to bring chairs and blankets so we can really spread out,” Spicer said.
The weather will be nice this weekend, so it should be a good time for everyone.