The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter last week kicked off the 2019 NYC Walk to End Alzheimer’s season with an energetic breakfast at Manhattan’s 3 West Club.
The breakfast featured inspirational stories from walk participants and a scientific update highlighting the latest in Alzheimer’s research.
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.
There are 400,000 people in the state living with Alzheimer’s and more than 1 million dementia caregivers. Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease making it the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease among the top 10 causes of death that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed.
Alzheimer’s and dementia have a disproportionate impact on women, African Americans and Latinos respectively. Two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women. African Americans are two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or another dementia than whites. Latinos are about 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or another dementia than whites.
New research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2019 held in July in Los Angeles, suggests that adopting multiple healthy lifestyle choices may offset genetic and environmental risks of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
The Alzheimer’s Association will host four Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in New York City this fall. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises funds to support Alzheimer’s and dementia research and the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter’s care, support and education programs available to all New Yorkers free of charge.
The walks, in which KCP is a co-sponsor are slated for the following:
o Brooklyn Walk to End Alzheimer’s – September 22 at Cadman Plaza Park
o Queens Walk to End Alzheimer’s – September 28 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park
o Staten Island Walk to End Alzheimer’s – October 12 at The College of Staten Island
o Manhattan Walk to End Alzheimer’s – October 26 at The South Street Seaport