Sign up for Alzheimer’s Walk

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 8:00pm

Islanders representing a number of constituencies have come together to organize a Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22.

The Alzheimer's Walk is the largest fundraising event to raise funds for and raise awareness about Alzheimer's. The annual event raised over $93 million in 600 communities across the country. Rhode Island is expected to raise about $600,000 at the four 2019 Walks: in Westerly, Providence, Newport and Block Island.

Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee will join those walking on the island. Others wishing to participate at the island event may register at 10 a.m. at Fred Benson Town Beach. Opening ceremonies are planned for 11 a.m. and the walk begins at 11:15 a.m. On-line registration may be found at Starting at the Fred Benson Town Beach, the walk will follow a two-mile route into town, circling around at a point and returning to the beach.

During the past year, the Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island has offered a number of programs under the auspices of the Senior Advisory Committee to persons suffering from Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments, as well as to their caregivers. These classes and workshops have been sought after and well-attended.

The local committee planning and developing the island walk includes: Peter Greenman, Christine Grele, Sandra Kelly, Bud Martin, Molly O'Neill, Diane Hayde, Jennifer Phillips and Gail Pierce. Greenman has been largely instrumental in creating the Walk for the Island.

Organizers at the Alzheimer’s Association state level are Katie Spinella, Development Director and Eric Creamer, Director of Public Policy and Media Relations.