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Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that affects more than 5 million Americans. It is the sixth leading cause of death among all adults and the fifth leading cause for those aged 65 or older.
Three dozen employees of Good Shepherd Nursing Home and Welty Home joined hundreds of others last weekend in raising awareness of the disease and raising funds to support a cure. On a beautiful fall morning, the “Welty Walkers,” clad in matching yellow T-shirts, enjoyed a lovely walk at Wheeling Park. HR Director Randy Forzano organized the team, which had a goal of $1,000. At last count, the team raised more than twice that amount!
Before the walk, Randy also gave a moving presentation about the effect that Alzheimer’s Disease has had on his family.
The causes of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are not completely understood, but researchers believe they include a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. In more than 90% of people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms do not appear until after age 60. The incidence of the disease increases with age and doubles every 5 years beyond age 65.
The Welty Walkers hope that our efforts will help find a cure for this terrible illness.