Alzheimer’s Association planning walks in Columbus

Tribune staff reports

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Bartholomew and surrounding county residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be Oct. 2 at Mill Race Center in Columbus.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk, according to a news release from the association.

It is an experience for 550 participants in south central Indiana who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

“The need to fight against Alzheimer’s disease is greater than ever, and by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Hoosier communities raise funds to provide care and support services to Indiana residents living with Alzheimer’s and family caregivers,” said Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter executive director Heather Hershberger. “The support also contributes to advancing research that could help find a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.”

In addition to the 1- or 3-mile walks, participants will enjoy complimentary food, family-friendly activities and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.

The Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer’s is presented by Statewide Premier Partner Eli Lilly and Co. and Statewide Presenting Partners Kittle’s Furniture and Trilogy Health Services.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.

To start or join a team, visit the Alzheimer’s Association online at To learn more about disease and available resources, call the toll-free Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.