The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Rehoboth Beach-area residents and visitors to participate in its Walk to End Alzheimer’s at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, at Grove Park.
On walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony – a mission-focused experience that signifies participants’ solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s: purple for those who have lost someone to the disease, yellow for anyone providing care for someone with dementia, and blue for those who have Alzheimer’s. An orange flower means there isn’t a connection to the disease, but the holder supports the cause to end Alzheimer’s. A lone white flower held by a child symbolizes Alzheimer’s first survivor.
While plans are moving forward to host the Rehoboth Beach Walk in person, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the top priorities as decisions are made about event details. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.
“As a community, we need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. And we can do that right here in Sussex County, through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Jody Trinsey, Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter walk manager. “The Rehoboth Beach Walk to End Alzheimer’s brings the community together, united under the vision of achieving a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Every single volunteer, team, sponsor, and partner helps move the mission forward, and helps the association to better serve and support those impacted by this devastating disease.”
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 Delaware alone, there are more than 19,000 people living with the disease and 46,000 caregivers.
To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, go to alz.org/delval/walk.