October 26, 2008 --
Today is the 20th Annual Memory Walk, sponsored by WABC-TV and emceed by Eyewitness News anchor Bill Ritter. We sat down with Lou-Ellen Barkan, president and CEO of the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
The 24-Hour Helpline can be reached at 800-272-3900 and more information is available at ALZNYC.org.
20th Annual Memory Walk Riverside Park, West 97th Street & Riverside Drive 9 a.m. - Check-in, on-site registration and breakfast served 10 a.m. - Opening Ceremony and special awards 11 a.m. - Walk begins 12:15 p.m. - Raffle Drawing and Closing Remarks
It's not too late to participate in Memory Walk today. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in Riverside Park. Bill Ritter and Alice Stockton-Rossini will be emceeing the event. Even Mr. Met will make an appearance.
The epidemic of Alzheimer's disease is on its way to being the greatest health care crisis in the nation's history. Every 71 seconds an American develops Alzheimer's disease.
It is now the 6th leading cause of death in the US.
If nothing is done, in less than fifty years, one out of every five New Yorkers will either have AD or be taking care of someone who does.
The NYC Chapter provides free services to all who need them. Memory Walk raises funds for some of these vital programs.
The 24-hour Helpline has real people who answer the phones. Support Groups take place all over the five boroughs. Education and Training Programs for families, caregivers, and professionals are now available in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. The MedicAlert + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return program continues to partner with the NYPD. The newsletter and website provide important details about the programs and services we offer.
Barkan urgees New Yorkers to do 3 things: Donate generously. Volunteer. Advocate.
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