Herald JournalHerald Journal, Aug. 18, 2003

Many locals plan to hit the road for Alzheimer's Walk

By Lynda Jensen

Several Howard Lake people plan to strap on their walking shoes soon for the fifth annual Alzheimer's Walk 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 13 at Sturges Park, Buffalo.

In fact, the person who raised the most funds throughout Wright County last year was Delores Glessing of Howard Lake ­ and the team that raised the most funds was from the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.

Last year's team consisted of 16 people, including Sue Breeschoten, Colleen Kunzer, MiKayla Haglin, Hailey Emery, Orvilla Doering, Millie Molnau, Janice Comstock, Rosemarie Workman, Duane Engelman, Delores Glessing, Mary Lou Sherwin, Susann Haglin, Diane Moen, Barb Workman, Lori Foster, and former administrator Becky Bollig.

Teams are forming now, Moen commented. Those who are interested in participating may join the Good Samaritan team or form their own, she said. Those who wish for more information may call (320) 543-3800.

This year, the walk will feature professional wrestler Brock Lesnar.

Lesnar plans to use autographs and other means to raise funds for the walk.

There will be a replica of the World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight championship belt raffled off, along with other memorabalia.

Lesnar will be available to sign autographs from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and the actual walk begins at 10 a.m.

Facts about Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, and the most common form of dementia.

Facts about Alzheimer's from the Alzheimer's Association:

Approximately 4 million Americans have it. In a 1993 national survey, 19 million Americans said they had a family member with Alzheimer's, and 37 million said they know someone with Alzheimer's.

· One in 10 persons over 65 and nearly half of those over 85 has Alzheimer's.

· A small percentage of people as young as their 30s and 40s get the disease.

· A person with Alzheimer's will live an average of eight years and as many as 20 years or more from the onset of symptoms.

· Approximately 14 million Americans will have Alzheimer's by the middle of this century (2050) unless a cure or prevention is found.

· More than seven of 10 people with Alzheimer's disease live at home. Almost 75 percent of the home care is provided by family and friends.

· Half of all nursing home residents suffer from Alzheimer's or a related disorder.

· The average cost for nursing home care is $42,000 per year, but can exceed $70,000 per year in some areas of the country.

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