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Alzheimer's walk at Parkview Field brings out thousands

Thousands were at Parkview Field in their purple for this years Greater Indiana Chapter Alzheimer's walk.

Posted: Oct 6, 2018 5:39 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2018 6:14 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-  "It's getting to the point where everybody you talk to knows someone who has Dementia or Alzheimer's," Development Director Abby Geha said.

Geha said Alzheimer's can’t be cured, prevented or even slowed. With this walk, the Alzheimer's Association is bringing attention to that.

"I can say there are 110,000 hoosiers in the state of Indiana that are affected by Dementia at this point which gives us 330,000 unpaid caregivers taking care of people with Dementia or Alzheimer's," Geha added.

Rosemary Laughlin is one of those caregivers. Her husband was diagnosed at 60. As devastating as the news was, the resources helped them get through it.

"He was depressed at first. He worked through that. We realized life is not ending yet. We live each day expecting the best, and continue as we have been," Laughlin said.

That's one of the reasons the chairwoman of the Alzheimer's walk said this event is so important. The funds go toward care, support, and research to help people like Rosemary and her husband.

"We can still be productive, be happy," Laughin said.

"We are so thrilled with the amount of participation. We have almost raised our goal which is $250,000," Jane King said.

Last year the Summit City raised $217,000, and King has no doubt that it's possible they can beat that amount this year.

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