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October 26, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 14 UCW OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 2, 2021 Walking to end Alzheimer's disease by ELAINA J. MARTIN More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. In North Carolina alone, there are more than 180,000 people living with the disease and 358,000 caregivers. e Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. e Alzheimer's Association hosts 17 walks across North Carolina including Fayetteville. "We invite the community to join us in tak- ing steps for Alzheimer's disease. More than ever, we need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer's and other de- mentia," said Lisa Roberts, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter. "With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer's Association provides care and support to families while also ad- vancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention." Dementia is not a single disease; it's an umbrella term that covers a wide range of specific medical conditions, including Alzheimer's disease. Disorders grouped un- der the general term "dementia" are caused by abnormal brain changes. ese changes trigger a decline in think- ing skills, also known as cognitive abilities, severe enough to impair daily life and inde- pendent function. ey also affect behavior, feelings and relationships. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's dis- ease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging. e greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Al- zheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer's disease, also known as early-onset Alzheimer's. Jay Reinstein was diagnosed with younger- onset Alzheimer's disease in 2018 at age 57. At the time, Reinstein was working as the as- sistant city manager in Fayetteville. He started noticing that he was having a hard time remembering things – writing notes as reminders, taking more time to do tasks than in the past. He struggled to recall names of colleagues he had worked with for decades. Reinstein sensed something was wrong and reached out to a friend, who was a neurologist at Duke University. After ad- ditional testing it was confirmed that he had early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Reinstein is looking forward to the Al- zheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheim- er's with his team, the Jaywalkers. is is the fourth year he has been a part of the fund- raiser. So far, he has raised $91,000. "I hope to make it to $100,000," Reinstein said. "I have 3 teams: PWC sponsors a team; Fayetteville sponsors a team; City of Durham has a team." "Being diagnosed with Alzheimer's is not a death sentence," Reinstein said. "It is very challenging but make sure you don't iso- late. Science says exercise, being social and healthy diet are all important. Join a support group. It has been a saving grace for me." On walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer's with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission- focused experience that signifies our solidaity in the fight against the disease. e colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people's connection to Alzheimer's — their personal reasons to end the disease. "e Alzheimer's Association is moving forward — and we're offering options for sup- porters to join us at our local event or Walk From Home in their own neighborhoods." said Roberts. "No matter where people walk, their health and safety are our top priorities." e Fayetteville walk has raised over $84,000, achieving the goal amount. All funds raised will help further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Associa- tion. e Walk to End Alzheimer's takes place on Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 – 11 a.m. at Segra Stadium. Check-in opens at 9 a.m. with an Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m. e walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. To sign up as a walker, team captain or to learn more about becoming a sponsor of Walk to End Alzheimer's – Fayetteville, visit act.alz.org/fayettevillenc or call 800-272- 3900. EVENT ELAINA J. MARTIN, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? editor@upandcomingweekly. com. 910-484-6200. Inspiring, educating, empowering and celebrating women in our community FREE HEALTH CARE • for Eligible uninsured Adults call 910.485.0555

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