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Valley team gets ready for Alzheimer’s walk

A group of Snoqualmie Valley residents who care for family members with Alzheimer’s have formed a team to join the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  This walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support  and research. Issaquah Community Center is the departure point for an east King County walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

The local team name is Snoqualmie Valley Soles United. They are walking to educate the community about the services available through the Sno-Valley Senior Center. The center offers the only adult day health program within a 20-mile radius. The center also  coordinates a support group for caregivers, serves as a conduit to financial assistance, and is a resource for information about how to live with the disease.

“I’ve been the sole caregiver for my mother for four years,” explains SVSU team captain Kim Ewing.  “I joined the Alzheimer’s Association about two years after my mother was diagnosed, that  connection led me to a support group at the senior center. Had I not connected with both of those  organizations, I definitely would be at a loss and unable to effectively care for my mother and myself.”

Funds raised in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s provide care and support services to the  more than 150,000 residents of Washington living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, while also contributing to advancing research.  For more information about joining or donating to the Snoqualmie Valley Soles United team, visit  act.alz.org/goto/SnoValleySolesUnited.

 

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