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A walk to remember

By Staff | Sep 26, 2009

The Rosewood Manor Memory Walk team is ready and raring to take part in the Oct. 11 event. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Teams from five counties throughout the Great Lakes area will meet Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Spirit Lake Senior Center at 2100 Zenith Ave. for the annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk.

Registration will be at 1 p.m. with introduction of teams at 1:45 p.m. and the walk starting at 2 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, door prizes, individual and team prizes and the care facility challenge. The local band Cornerstone will play for everyone’s enjoyment.

Estherville teams include those from the Estherville Good Samaritan Society, Rosewood Manor, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, First Christian Church and Team Jo.

The Alzheimer’s Association Big Sioux Chapter also offers in-home respite services at no charge. The chapter offers training for volunteers who go to people’s homes to give family caregivers a break.

“We have a pretty good volunteer base here in Emmet County,” said Kelly Schultz, director of Iowa Lakes Regional Services.

Helen Nielson peeled apples at the Estherville Good Sam Thursday for a pie sale fundraiser for the Iowa Great Lakes Memory Walk. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The Big Sioux Chapter offers an Alzheimer’s support group the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Terrace Manor on the Estherville Good Samaritan Society campus. A second support group will hold an organizational meeting 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Estherville Public Library. After the organizational meeting the group will meet the third Monday of every month.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for respite services or who would like further information about the Alzheimer’s support group or Alzheimer’s in general may contact Schultz at 712-580-4236. There’s also time for new teams or someone can just join a team during the walk Oct. 11.

Every 72 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s. By 2050, every 33 seconds someone will be diagnosed. For most victims, the disease destroys their memories and lives. Financially, Alzheimer’s disease can drain bank accounts. By 2010, the annual cost of Alzheimer’s disease will reach at least $160 billion in Medicare and Medicaid payments alone. There are 5.1 million Americans now suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Related upcoming area events include:

n Sept. 20 – Emmet County Health Fair at the Estherville VFW Post.

n Oct. 2 – Bake sale at Farmers Trust & Savings Bank at 125 W. Fourth St. in Spencer.

n Oct. 19 – Respite training at Heritage Landing at 1305 Jeppeson Road in West Okoboji from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The training is free so call Schultz to register at 712-580-4236 or 712-362-3359 or by E-mail at kelly.schultz@alz.org.

n Nov. 5 – Regional training at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information on the class contact Emily Garber at 712-279-5802 or E-mail emily.garber@alz.org.

n Nov. 14 – Bake sale at the Spencer South Park Mall.