Walk to end Alzheimer’s disease this fall

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Autumn rally: The Alzheimer's Association will host several walks this fall to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's disease. | File photo

Although mortality rates for heart disease and cancer are on the decline, death rates for another disease — Alzheimer’s disease — are on the rise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death among American adults, and the fifth leading cause of death for adults aged 65 years and older. The CDC estimates that 5.4 million Americans currently suffer from the disease. This number has doubled since 1980. The number of Americans expected to have Alzheimer’s by 2050 could be as high as 16 million.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The disease attacks the brain and affects memory, thinking and behavior. There is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that current treatments can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms, but the treatments cannot stop the disease from progressing.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The walks are held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide.

Here’s a look at walks taking place in the region this fall:

Chicago

Sunday, Sept. 29: 8 a.m. at Montrose Harbor, Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive, Chicago. Contact Doug Adolph at (847) 933-2413 or email chicagowalk@alz.org.

DeKalb

Sunday, Sept. 2: 8 a.m. at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. Contact Jennifer Ratkovic at (815) 977-9125 or email jratkovic@alz.org.

Joliet

Saturday, Oct. 5: 8 a.m. at Rock Run Forest Preserve, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. Contact Beth Alderson at (815) 272-2009 or email balderson@alz.org.

Lake County

Saturday, Oct. 5: 8 a.m. at Independence Grove, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville. Contact Patricia Reinsch at (847) 324-0375 or email preinsch@alz.org.

McHenry County

Sunday, Sept. 15: 8 a.m. at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills. Contact Jennifer Ratkovic at (815) 977-9125 or email jratkovic@alz.org.

Naperville

Sunday, Sept. 22: 8 a.m. at North Central College Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St., Naperville. Contact Beth Alderson at (815) 272-2009 or email balderson@alz.org

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North Shore

Saturday, Sept. 21: 8 a.m. at Gallery Park, Patriot and Navy Boulevards, Glenview. Contact Patricia Reinsch at (847)-324-0375 or email preinsch@alz.org.

Northwest Suburbs

Sunday, Sept. 15: 8 a.m. at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Contact Patricia Reinsch at (847) 324-0375 or email preinsch@alz.org.

Rockford

Saturday, Sept. 21: 8 a.m. at Martin Park, 5701 Park Ridge Road, Loves Park. Contact Jennifer Ratkovic at (815) 977-9125 or email jratkovic@alz.org.

For more information about Alzheimer’s disease or a Walk To End Alzheimer’s, visit the website at www.alz.org.

— Alzheimer’s Association