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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION INVITES LAFAYETTE RESIDENTS TO JOIN 2020 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S ON OCTOBER 3 Participants Will Continue to Walk as Individuals, Families or Small Teams on Sidewalks, Tracks and Trails across Lafayette in Wake of COVID-19

Posted: Oct 2, 2020 1:44 PM

Lafayette, LA – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Lafayette residents to join the
fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End
Alzheimer’s® on October 3.

The Lafayette Walk to End Alzheimer’s continues, but instead of hosting a large
gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals
or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Lafayette.

“This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Wendy Vizek, vice
president, constituent events at the Alzheimer’s Association. “The pandemic is changing
how we walk, but it doesn’t change the need to walk. This year, more than ever, we
need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia.
With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and
support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research
toward methods of treatment and prevention.”

Time-honored components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being replicated. On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation of

Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight
Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all delivered to participants' smartphones, tablets
and computers. A small group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create
the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day at the Louisiana
Immersive Technologies Enterprise Center to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s.
To enhance the participant experience leading up to the event and on Walk day, new
features are being added to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to create an
opportunity for the community to connect. Participants can use the app and new “Walk
Mainstage'' to track their steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their
Facebook fundraisers, and access information and resources from the Association and
Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the disease. A new audio
track is available to encourage participants along the way and to congratulate them
upon completion of their Walk.

“Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we,” said Tiffany
Steward, Manager of the Lafayette Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “We must continue the
Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and we are working with all participants to ensure they have a
powerful and moving experience that is felt when we are together. Many of our
constituents are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19 and we know that our
volunteers and participants appreciate our commitment to keeping all involved healthy
and safe.”

The Blake at Lafayette and Acadian Companies are serving as sponsors for the 2020
Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – the sixth-leading
cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members
and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In
Louisiana alone, there are more than 92,000 people living with the disease and 231,000

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit:
Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’sis the world’s largest event to raise
awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the
Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association
Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to
Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's
and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and
early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit or call

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