Contact: Joan Hermes
The lives of those impacted by dementia will be celebrated Sunday, June 12 at the Memories Matter Walk at Westwood Fitness & Sports Center outdoor trail.
This first-time event is hosted by the CGH Health Foundation. Registration begins at 12:30 pm in Building #3 at Westwood, and the Sendoff Ceremony is at 1 pm.
Participants can choose between a ½-mile trail, 1-mile trail or do both. Entry fee is $20 before June 1 and $25 after June 1. Register and pay at www.cghmc.com/memoriesmatterwalk or download a registration form at www.cghmc.com/memoriesmatter. Walkers will receive a t-shirt, butterfly garden stake and swag bag.
The new Dementia Project is the focus of the 2022 Foundation Annual Appeal campaign. Funds will support efforts to raise awareness of the disease and to offer resources and assistance to those impacted in the Sauk Valley area.
The initiative was inspired by a bequest from the late Hugh and Betty Miller, Rock Falls. Mrs. Miller battled dementia for 11 years before her passing in August 2020. The walk, in memory of the Millers, will be held rain or shine.
The Foundation and CGH Medical Center will be partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to offer a variety of resources to individuals living with the disease and their caregivers. Plans include: (1) create support groups in the area (2) host a community forum to learn from those impacted by dementia on what resources are lacking in the area (3) provide professional staff education on diagnosis/treatment of the disease (4) provide educational programs for the community (5) and promote community awareness of the disease.
A special assistance fund will be created to help families with expenses related to caring for a loved one with dementia. Area memory care facilities will be provided musical instruments to aid in their therapy programs. The public is asked to share other suggestions for improving dementia resources in the area.
More than 6.5 million Americans are living with dementia and the number is projected to reach nearly 13 million by 2050. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases.