The 4th annual Walk for Alzheimer’s in Grande Prairie goes Saturday in Muskoseepi Park. They’re hoping to match the $10,000 they raised at last year’s event, and they are already over halfway there. So far, they’ve raised $25,000 collectively over the first three years of the event.
Registration begins at 1 p.m., the walk at 2, and there are both one kilometre and five kilometre routes to choose from.
“They can jog, they can roller blade, they can crawl on their hands and knees. We encourage people to come out with all abilities, and any type of transportation that they would like. Muskoseepi’s a great area and it’s all a paved course, so it’s really nice for walking on,” said Jennifer Caseley, Project Coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories in Grande Prairie.
Caseley adds it’s pet friendly and they would love to see fur babies out at the walk.
“Muskoseepi Park is pet friendly, so people are more than allowed and encouraged to bring their pets with them,” she said. “Last year, we actually had a service dog for a lady who has early on-set dementia. And that was really exciting for everybody to have that there.”
The Grande Prairie Alzheimer’s office currently services over 200 families that have at least one loved one with dementia.
“It’s a growing number, unfortunately. We don’t yet have enough facilities in the area to support the need that we do have in this part of the province. There’s more and more people every year being diagnosed. Actually, they say right now three in four people know someone with dementia,” Caseley explained.
It’s $15 to register online or $20 in person at the event, however, online registration will be cut-off at 4 p.m. this afternoon. They had over 100 participants last year and hope to have even more this time around.