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Friday, October 26, 2012

Why walk to end Alzheimer’s disease?  Because the facts and figures tell the story:

  •  5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.
  •  One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer's disease.
  •  Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
  •  More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
  •  Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012

On Saturday, October 20, 2012, the 10-member Noyes Cares Team participated in the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” fundraiser in Geneseo. This year, 330 walkers participated and joined the effort, resulting in the biggest turnout in the history of this annual Geneseo fundraising walk.

The goal for the Geneseo Walk to End Alzheimer’s was $15,000…which was well exceeded with over $25,000 raised that day. Team Noyes Cares took Second Place, raising $2,095.00 to support services for families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. The Team Leader, Dale Sells, is the Noyes Caregiver Resource Center Coordinator and members included both family caregivers and professional supporters. Dale is an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator and a strong advocate working with the Alzheimer’s Association in Rochester.

One of the team members, Patty Piper, has been the Dansville Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group facilitator for the past 14 years. She has seen many families travel the journey as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease and she states, “We walk to honor and remember those we have lost…and because we have the power to make a difference and fight back.”

There are currently three monthly Alzheimer’s support groups in Livingston County supported by the Livingston County Office for the Aging: Dansville, Geneseo and Avon. If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, there is information, help, and support available to help you as a caregiver. Your local resources include: Noyes Caregiver Resource Center at 335-4358 or the Rochester and Finger Lakes Chapter headquarters at 1-800-272-3900 or

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