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Walking for the other cure

April, 2009

The Alzheimer Society of Montreal is inviting walkers of all ages and abilities to take part in its annual Memory Walk on Sunday, May 31.

Walkers will meet at 8:30 am at the Jacques- Cartier Quay in the Old Port of Montreal to register, followed by a welcome and a warm-up session. The two-hour walk ends at noon, followed by lunch and prizes. Seniors can do the walk at their own rhythm. “There are many places to sit down along the way,” says Amélie Giguère of the Alzheimer Society. “We’ll have drums and rattles and make lots of noise,” she says. “All we want is for people to see us.”

A recent study reveals that Alzheimer’s continues to ravage families. “With approximately 15 per cent of people under age 65 affected by Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, it isn’t only our health care and social systems that are being overwhelmed,” says Scott Dudgeon, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. “The reality is that the businesses and industry sectors are also being affected as our boomer generation, a generation of leaders and mentors, are affected by dementia.”

• About 500,000 Canadians are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia

• One in 11 of those affected is under 65

• 72 % of those living with the illness are women The Alzheimer Society funds research and training and provides support for families living with the disease.

To register for the Memory Walk, call 514-369-0800, ext. 226 or visit www.lamarchede



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