The Alzheimer’s Association invites Los Angeles residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Los Angeles Zoo, located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease.
While plans are moving forward to host the Los Angeles walk in person, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the top priorities. The Alzheimer’s Association will continue to closely monitor CDC, state and local guidelines to ensure Walk events adhere to the latest recommendations. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.
“We are laser focused on putting an end to this progressive fatal disease. So many of our loved ones are living with Alzheimer’s. The money raised will go a long way in funding the research we need to find a cure,” said Meg Barron, regional leader and executive director, California Southland Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association.
Los Angeles is the last and the largest walk of the 13 walks across southern California.
More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Among Black Americans ages 70 and older, 21.3% are living with Alzheimer’s. Older Black Americans are twice as likely as older Whites to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia, research hasn’t yet identified the cause. Higher rates of cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) disease may play a role. Some studies indicate that after correcting for overall health and socioeconomic status, these differences disappear.
In California alone, there are more than 690,000 people living with the disease and 1.12 million caregivers.
To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/walk.