Monday, July 21, 2008

Inventing Memory: Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk

If you asked me whether there was something in life, other than my husband and my children, that I couldn't bear to lose, it would be my memory. In fact, losing one's memory really does represent losing one's family, as it is impossible to cherish your loved ones without remembering who they are.

I read a lot, I write a lot, I live a lot and I take a tremendous number of photos...I guess these are the ways I choose to create and preserve memories. Although I don't have a family history of Alzheimer's, it is probably the one disease I fear the most. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, but it strikes me as the worst way to go. It destroys brain cells and causes memory changes, erratic behaviors and loss of body functions. It slowly and painfully takes away your identity, ability to connect with others, think, eat, talk, walk and find your way home.

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research – and it calls on volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer's. There are walks in more than 600 communities throughout the United States. A typical Alzheimer's Memory Walk is a 2-3 mile walk held on a weekend morning in the fall.

By teaming up with the Alzheimer's Association, you can walk with a purpose – and move us closer to a world without Alzheimer's. Together, we can MOVE a nation.

Sponsored by Alzheimer's Walk

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