OVERLAND PARK, KS (October 5,2015) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents today participated in an 'Alzheimer's Honor Walk & Roll' on their 65-acre campus to remember people who have the disease and to pledge support for them.
Seventy-five residents gathered on the community's front lawn and then walked along marked paths. As each resident walked through an archway they used a megaphone to speak the name of the person who they were honoring.
The residents were given lavender balloons, which they released as a group upon the conclusion of the walk.
This event coincided with the Kansas City Metro Walk to End Alzheimer's, for which Tallgrass Creek donated $5,000 and sponsored a team of 75 resident, staff, caregiver, and family walkers.
Alzheimer's disease, according to the National Institute on Aging, is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
In most people with Alzheimer's, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's disease is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.