By Carol Combs, MSW, Oxford’s Memory Care Program Coordinator

I will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, September 19th to support the Alzheimer’s Association in Springfield, Missouri. If you live in the area, I hope you will join me.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Memory Walk® began in 1989 with nine Alzheimer’s Association chapters raising $149,000 from 1,249 participants.  In 1993, Memory Walk grew into an event nationwide and raised $4.5 million dollars at 167 locations. In 2014 more than 49,000 teams participated, raising more than $67 million dollars. Our local Springfield walk in 2014 raised nearly $130,000.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s® unites entire communities — hundreds of thousands of participants walk in a display of combined strength and dedication in the battle against this disease.

There is no registration fee and your fundraising dollars fuel care, support and research. In addition, participating helps raise awareness of Alzheimer’s in your community. Take the first step toward a world without Alzheimer’s by registering for a walk near you. Walks are planned in many cities in Missouri; you can find one at, or contact your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter.

If you would like to donate to this important cause, go to and follow the prompts. You can donate directly to my effort, or to the general fund. Either way, you will be contributing to the fight against this devastating disease.

Source: Alzheimer’s Association