Take steps to end Alzheimer’s at the Central Massachusetts Memory Walk on Sunday, September 12, 2010.  The walk, with 3-mile, 2-mile and 1-mile options, begins and ends at the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street, Worcester. Memory Walk is the largest fundraising and public awareness event dedicated to fighting the disease that can be devastating for families as well as those with the diagnosis.

Registration starts at 8:30a.m. Walk starts at 10:00a.m.  After the walk, participants can enjoy a free lunch with live musical entertainment.  There will also be face painting, a magician, kid’s crafts, a karate demonstration, blood pressure screenings, massages, a raffle with fabulous prizes, and more.

Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s.  More than 5 million Americans have the disease, including 120,000 in Massachusetts.  These numbers will grow dramatically in the coming years as the baby boom generation ages. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease of the brain, affecting one in 10 people over 65, for which there is no known cure.

There will also be a “Wall of Memories” at Memory Walk where participants can post photos and messages in honor or memory of their loved ones.  Teams with the most team spirit and best t-shirt design will be recognized with awards.

For more information about all nine Massachusetts and four New Hampshire Memory Walks taking place from September 11-September 26 visit www.memorywalkMANH.org.

The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer’s disease research and support, is dedicated to finding preventions, treatments and eventually a cure. The organization’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.