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Walk to raise awareness for dementia

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The fifth annual Bastrop & Fayette Counties Alzheimer’s Texas Walk will be held at Towers Nursing Home in Smithville on September 21. This event raises funds for Alzheimer’s support and education and is instrumental in making Texas a leader in Alzheimer’s research. The Thiessen Family will serve as the Honorary Family of this event. This family has shown their commitment to helping others through their involvement and caring nature.

These families are not alone. Over five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, and here in Texas alone, over 1.3 million people care for a loved one with some type of dementia. The progressive neurological illness can last for over ten years and can be very financially, emotionally and physically challenging for caregivers.

We would like to recognize the sponsors who made this event possible such as Bluebonnet Electric, Towers Nursing Home, Texas Tool Traders, LTCi Choices, Gardner and Martin, and First National Bank.

Alzheimer’s Texas, a local nonprofit that’s served Central Texas for over 37 years, provides essential services like support groups, care consultations, a respite care network, education programs, and a 24-hour helpline to help families cope with these challenges. The Alzheimer’s Texas Walk is their annual fundraiser, and 100 percent of the proceeds from this event will remain in Central Texas to meet the needs of our local communities.

The Alzheimer’s Texas Walk serves another important purpose, which is to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and to break down the stigma surrounding these increasingly common illnesses. The Alzheimer’s Texas Walk creates a community around this issue, a place for people to come together to celebrate loved ones affected by dementia, and to commemorate the many ways lives can be changed by this illness.

Registration is now open for this year's walk. To learn more about the event and how to get involved, visit www.txalz.org/walkor call 512-241-0420.