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Walking to fight Alzheimer's

BEAUMONT - by Haley Bull

Hundreds of Southeast Texans walked in the Alzheimer Association's "Walk to End Alzheimer's" today at West Brook High School, raising an estimated $46,000. For the families there, the event was about more than
the numbers, it was about the support.

Richard Elbein, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association's Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, said one in three families are affected by the disease.

Terry Ferrell's family is one of them. They walked for their father, an Alzheimer's patient.

"It affects not only the person who has it, but their families, their friends, it affects everybody in a way," Ferrell said.

Walkers raised awareness for people with the disease and their caregivers.

Linda Domino knows the role well. She cared for her mother-in-law. "I was her eyes and ears. She couldn't remember anything to tell me what was going on so I had to be there to observe," Domino said. "That's the nature of a caregiver, someone who is the person who looks out for the person who has no memory."

"Today is gonna be really emotional for a lot of people, especially families, the caregivers themselves and even the person with dementia  because they know that with this disease they might have eight more years but they might forget their family after a little while," Clarissa Urban, the Beaumont outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association, said.

Urban hoped the walk helped create a memory.

The Alzheimer's Association predicts 400,000 Texans 65 years and older will have the disease in 2020.


 

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