Residents in Swift Current didn’t let the rain hold them back on Saturday during the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's.
Amanda Baker, revenue development coordinator for the walk, explained that the event was quickly moved indoors and went off without a hitch.
“We had a great turnout and we raised just in Swift Current, just under $6,000 towards the Alzheimer's Society supporting programs and services and also research into cause and care,” she elaborated. “Provincially, we have raised over $220,000, so, the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's this year has been a great success.”
Approximately 40 people showed up at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School over the weekend to participate in the event.
Right now, there are about 20,000 people (about the seating capacity of Madison Square Garden) across Saskatchewan living with Alzheimer’s disease.
“There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease right now, so we definitely try to help people live their best life possible with Alzheimer's and dementia,” Baker added. “It's very important to raise that awareness. Some of the services we do provide are for people who have questions, looking for different resources or wondering about the symptoms of Alzheimer's or dementia, they'll give our office a call and we can assist them with that sort of thing.
“It's really important for us to continue to try and find a cure and fund that research towards that, but also support those people living with the condition currently right now.”
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. Over 560,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia, and 25,000 Canadians are diagnosed with the disease each year.