Walk to End Alzheimer’s Coordinator Talks About the Event

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A Walk to End Alzheimer’s coordinator talks about the upcoming event and a new drug introduced to treat this disease. 

Michelle Kelman, Senior Development Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association, Iowa Chapter, encourages the public to be involved in the organization. She states the mission on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all Dementia and you don’t want to miss being a part of that because we are making strides.” Michelle Kelman, Senior Development Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association, Iowa Chapter

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s event is scheduled for September 12 at the Bridge View Center. Check in is from 4:45-5:30 p.m, the Opening and Promise Garden Ceremony will be at 5:45, and the walk–free of charge–will begin at 6:15. At the event, there will be activities for everyone, a wall honoring those who have the disease and those who have passed away. Kelman encourages the public to contribute by registering a team.

“Come and join us for this impactful event, but make sure you register first, get your team signed up, do a little fundraising so we can end this disease.” Michelle Kelman, Senior Development Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association, Iowa Chapter

Kelman wants the public to be involved because it not only affects the person who has been diagnosed, it affects the lifestyle of those who care for them.

“It not only affects the person but family members, the friends, our community, the nation, and our world. It’s a disease we are trying to slow down and help people with. When you’re living with it day to day, whether in your home or helping someone that lives close to you or across the country, you’re still caregiving and it still takes a toll. There’s a lot of additional support and education that you need.” Michelle Kelman, Senior Development Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association, Iowa Chapter

Kelman says there is a 24/7 help line through the organization (1-800-272-3900) if you need assistance or have questions. She says the individuals who provide help are supported through education from the organization. These volunteers dedicate their time by undergoing training and background checks in order to be better equipped for assisting others who’ve been affected or are going through this process with a loved one.

“Even If you have a question at 3 a.m. about what to expect next, where to find a position, how do you get help in the home or how do you find assistance for a loved one who can no longer live by themselves.” Michelle Kelman, Senior Development Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association, Iowa Chapter

Kelman says the FDA approved “Kisunla” for early symptoms of the disease.

“It’s very exciting news to have another medication to help people and to look to a future with hope without this disease.” Michelle Kelman, Senior Development Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association, Iowa Chapter

Kelman believes there is a forseeable future for those who live with Alzheimer’s and dementia diseases. She thanks the sponsors, volunteers, and the community for their support towards the association.

“there’s just so many things that are happening in the world of alzheimer’s and we want to make sure that everyone can receive access to treatment, care, and support. That’s the work that we do in the association and we appreciate everyone who comes out and supports us. . .take a step this year. . .this is an exciting time to be apart of the future of this disease which we will hopefully be without.” Michelle Kelman, Senior Development Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association, Iowa Chapter

For more information about this event and others in the area, or to register for the walk, visit alz.org/iowa.

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