The Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, under the leadership of Nikhil Palekar, MD, is once again partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association as a platinum sponsor for this year’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a disease that doesn’t discriminate. It transcends boundaries of race, sex, ethnicities and religion. It steals happiness, destroys memories, and kills more individuals than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
In fact, according to a study by the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 6.7 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in 2023. Seventy-three percent are age 75 or older; more than 400,000 are in New York. Long Island has the second highest population of individuals 65 and older in New York state, and it is estimated that one in eight Long Island seniors has Alzheimer’s.
During the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” participants will be given a flower to carry as an expression of their commitment to ending this disease. Blue, orange, purple or yellow each symbolize something different to the Alzheimer’s community. You’re invited to hold a flower and walk as part of Team Stony Brook Medicine for your health, for the cause or for the memory of a loved one.
Together, the Stony Brook community will continue to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s signs and symptoms, to promote the benefits of early screening and detection, to provide care and support to affected individuals and their families, and to accelerate the advancement of research to ultimately achieve a world without Alzheimer’s disease.
Registration is necessary to participate in each walk for liability purposes only. Donation is your choice.
Feel free to join any or all three “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” by registering below:
Saturday, September 23: Suffolk County Farm, Yaphank. Register here
For more information, contact team captain: Ed Brogan
Sunday, October 1: Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Register here
For more information, contact team captain: Daniel Emerson
Sunday, October 22: Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon. Register here
For more information, contact team captain: Caroline Nagowski