Having two aging parents, I find myself spending more and more time in doctors' offices. Passing the time can be easy if I remember to bring reading material, but sometimes I forget. To my surprise, forgetting to bring a book on one occasion proved to be helpful.
While Dad and I waited patiently for his appointment, we focused our attention on the television in the waiting room. Tuned to The Martha Stewart Show, the featured guest was award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce (best known for the TV series Frasier). In between joining Martha in making compost and promoting his play on Broadway, David shared that his father and grandfather both had had Alzheimer's and that he was a board member for the Alzheimer's Association. David also mentioned that this fall, the Alzheimer's Association would once again sponsor Memory Walks across the United States. I then did a little investigating into what exactly Memory Walks are.
According to the Alzheimer's Association's web site, "The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $225 million." The web site also states, "Memory Walk is a non-competitive fundraising and awareness walk designed to support the mission of the Alzheimer's Association. Each year, participants sign up as teams or individuals, and collect pledges from their friends, family, coworkers, and others to raise as many dollars as possible." The walk is open to individuals, their family and friends, and corporate teams. Anyone can participate.
I checked and there are 31 walks scheduled across my state of Texas alone, ranging in dates from Sept. 8 (in Katy, located near Houston) to Nov. 10 (in College Station). The same is true across the nation, so there's a time and location that should be convenient for you.
I've already communicated with a friend who lives in Sugar Land (outside of Houston) and we've committed to walking in that event on Oct. 27. I am also contemplating participating in two more walks that are scheduled in two other Texas cities that are convenient. I'm putting my friends across the nation on notice that I will be contacting them to encourage their participation in the walk in their area (and if they can't participate, to make a donation). And I'd encourage readers who visit this site to check and see where a walk is in your area and then to join in. I hope to see you there!
Information on the Alzheimer's Association's Memory Walk:
Published On: August 04, 2007