“Alzheimer’s Walk in the Park” Scheduled for October 13th Hosted by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America & Town of Babylon
Proceeds will support local families living with Alzheimer’s disease
NEW YORK (August 16, 2018) —The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), together with the Town of Babylon, will be hosting an “Alzheimer’s Walk in the Park” on Saturday, October 13th, from 10 am to 1 pm (rain date October 14th). The event will take place at the AFA-Town of Babylon Respite Care Relief Park (200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst), which serves residents with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Proceeds raised from the event will support the Respite Care Relief Park.
Individuals of all ages are invited to take part in the walk to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and support local families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The family-friendly event will also feature health and wellness activities, music, entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments. Free, confidential memory and hearing screenings will also be offered.
“More than 50,000 Long Island families are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and this event is all about bringing people together to support them. Each person who participates in the walk will be making a difference,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and CEO. “We invite everyone to walk with us on October 13th and enjoy a fun-filled day of activities, all while helping Long Islanders living with Alzheimer’s disease.”
“I encourage all of our residents to come be a part of this great event. Whether you have dealt with Alzheimer’s firsthand or not, it is a great opportunity to support your friends, neighbors and other members of our community who do. Thank you to the members of the AFA team for all of their hard work in the planning of this walk and I am looking forward to a great day,” said Babylon Town Supervisor, Rich Schaffer.
The Respite Care Relief Park is the first of its kind in the United States. Located next to Babylon Town Hall, it is a peaceful, scenic, dementia-friendly place where caregivers can go to take a break and enjoy the outdoors, as well as feel comfortable bringing a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia-related illness. The Park includes educational information about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, along with benches, a brick walkway, a gazebo and landscaping. Docking stations are also available where people can plug in phones to play music, which often aids in memory and brain stimulation.
To register or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit AFA’s website at www.alzfdn.org or call AFA at 866-232-8484.
Registration for the walk is $15 per person or $25 per family. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.