On Saturday, participants are encouraged to log into Mainstage, the event’s interactive online experience, walk in their neighborhood, track their steps using the app and visit the Promise Garden, a press release from the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter said.
The view-only Promise Garden will be at First United Church of Christ, located at 2100 E. High St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The walk ceremony and the Promise Garden ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will be live-streamed.
The money raised from the walk will go towards the free services that the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter provides to nine local counties - including Clark and Champaign counties, Blackwell Clark said.
Last year, about 750 people participated in the walk at Wittenberg University raising almost $100,000, the press release said. The Miami Valley Chapter is hoping to raise $88,000 this year.
The free services offered in Clark and Champaign counties include education programs, care consultations and support groups.
Prior to the pandemic, Blackwell Clark said care consultations were held at United Senior Services in Springfield and a support group was meeting at the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield.
In an effort to limit residents to the possible exposure to COVID-19, the Miami Valley Chapter is holding consultations and support groups virtually, Blackwell Clark said.
“Alzheimer’s can be very isolating particularly for caregivers," Blackwell Clark said. "COVID-19 has really increased the stress for Alzheimer’s caregivers particularly with adult centers that are closed and senior centers that are closed right now. We want to make sure that we are providing that support for all of those families and all of those caregivers.”
For more information on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s or to register, visit www.alz.org/walk. Clark and Champaign residents are encouraged to call 937-291-3332 for more information about the free services available.