HopeHealth Walk for Alzheimer's
Thank you to all who supported our 2018 Walk for Alzheimer's! Nearly $130,000 was raised by 1,600 participants! Funds raised help to ensure that families continue to receive access to the free programs provided by Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services.
Stay tuned for our 2019 save the date!
Walk for Alzheimer's
The HopeHealth Walk for Alzheimer’s has been a tradition for over 25 years. Our mission is to provide information, education and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia—and the families and professionals who care for them. The Walk for Alzheimer’s is the principal fundraiser for Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services. Thanks to the compassionate support of donors like you, Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services is able to provide an array of programs and services to meet the needs of the community we serve. Programs include:
- A telephone helpline
- Initial assessment with the caregiver and other family members for counseling and disease education
- Development of care management plans
- Ongoing family support and counseling sessions
- Support groups
- Respite grants
- Memory screenings
- Referrals to local agencies
- Dementia certification and ongoing education for healthcare professionals
- Annual professional conference focusing on current trends in dementia care education
Every 66 seconds another American develops Alzheimer’s disease. By mid-century, it will be every 33 seconds. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older. One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. One third of people age 85 and older (32%) have Alzheimer’s disease. Nearly one in three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is also the leading cause of disability and poor health or morbidity. Before a person with Alzheimer’s dies, he or she lives through years of morbidity, disability and dependence as the disease progresses. Between 2000 and 2013, deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s increased 71%. There are more than 332,000 unpaid caregivers caring for someone with Alzheimer’s in Massachusetts.
For questions about the HopeHealth Walk for Alzheimer’s, please contact (508) 957-0282 or Walk@HopeHealthCo.org.