Walk to End Alzheimer's

Published on September 23, 2019

Givens Communities was a proud sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer's Event in downtown Asheville. This event had 78 teams, 469 participants, and raised $139,151. We are thankful for those who donated and walked for the cause.

World Alzheimer's Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. September 2019 will mark the 8th World Alzheimer's Month. The campaign was launched in 2012. Although Alzheimer's disease is not yet curable or reversible, there are ways to alleviate symptoms and suffering and to assist families. And not every person with this illness must necessarily move to a nursing home. Many thousands of patients especially those in the early stages of the disease are cared for by their families in the community.  Alzheimer's disease has emerged as one of the great mysteries in modern day medicine, with a growing number of clues but still no answers as to its cause. Researchers have come up with a number of theories about the cause of this disease but so far the mystery remains unresolved. Controlling high blood pressure, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Promise garden flowers and their meanings:

Blue represents someone with Alzheimer's or dementia, Purple is for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease. Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Orange is for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.