Alzheimer’s Walk set for Oct. 26

Staff report

October 17, 2013

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg Pilot Club will host a walk to remember on Oct. 26 during the city’s annual Alzheimer’s Walk along The American Mile, an event to raise awareness for the debilitating disease and money to fight it.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the A.B. Gibson Education Center and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. Refreshments and door prizes will be offered at the finish line.

The event serves as a fundraiser for Alzheimers of North Carolina. Participants who raise $50 or more will receive a free T-Shirt. The club will take T-shirts orders until Monday, but donations will be accepted before, during and after the walk.

Alzheimer’s of North Carolina is dedicated to providing education, support and services to individuals with dementia, their families, healthcare professionals and the public while raising awareness and funding for research of a cause, treatment, prevention and cure for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Donations stay in North Carolina to assist families affected by this disease.

If you are interested in walking or in forming a team, call Margaret Herring at 910-276-1707.

The Pilot Club of Laurinburg also sponsors an Alzheimer’s Support Group on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of Scotland Memorial Hospital. Events often include a guest speaker.

“A lot of people don’t realize there is an Alzheimer’s Support Group here,” said facilitator Gillie Edwards. “It’s a time for caregivers and family members to sit down and discuss what is happening in their lives. … Family members and caregivers are under a lot of stress and must remember to take care of themselves as well as the person suffering from the disease.”