Join the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can raise awareness and funds to enhance Alzheimer care and support and advance critical research. The end of Alzheimer’s disease starts here.
The 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised in excess of $371,000 to fight Alzheimer’s disease in Central New York. The community has met the exponential growth of this disease with monumental support for the cause. Since 1989, this all-age, all-ability walk has mobilized millions to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, raising more than $400 million for the cause.
The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will grow each year as the proportion of the U.S. population over age 65 continues to increase. More than 5 million have the disease today and the number will escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages. Some studies put the number of people with Alzheimer’s as high as 16 million by mid-century.
Central New York is a microcosm of this national trend. The most conservative estimates show that the disease grew by 25 percent during the first decade of this century. Nearly 50,000 people in the region live with the disease and an additional 150,000 provide care to them. As age is the largest risk factor for the disease, the wave of Baby Boomers headed towards retirement and the looming increase of individuals with Alzheimer’s has been dubbed a “silver tsunami.”
Walk To End Alzheimer's corporate sponsors receive a range of benefits from naming rights to various types of logo recognition to mentions in publicity materials depending on their level of commitment.