Alzheimer's walk takes over Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN, W. Va. (WTAP) - According to the Alzheimer's Association, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's.

Hundreds of people from around the Mid-Ohio Valley came out in their purple to support the walk to end Alzheimer's in Williamstown, Saturday. Participants walked two miles across the bridge and back.

The West Virginia chapter raises over 600,000 dollars with its walks and the Mid-Ohio Valley is a huge contributor.

Sharon Rotenberry is the executive director of the Alzheimer's Association.

"The more people talk about Alzheimer's and dementia, the sooner we're gonna get better, earlier diagnosis, better treatment, better information to families on a better life with these diseases and more help," said Rotenberry.

Comfort Keepers provides in-home care to seniors and one of the sponsors of the walk. adults and 40% of its clientele are Alzheimer's patients, said co-owner, Joanie Yeomans.

"We devote a lot of time in training our people in terms of how to not only care for them and keep them safe but also how to help them enjoy each day and there's a lot that can be done with Alzheimer's that still allows a person to have a good quality of life despite this devastating disease," said Yeomans.

The money raised from the walk goes to research, care, and support for people with Alzheimer's.

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