The County Louth Alzheimer’s Annual Memory Walk will take place this Sunday, September 24, 2023 in Drogheda.
This event aims to bring families, friends, and individuals living with dementia together to honour, celebrate, and raise funds for the vital support services provided by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
Participants in the Memory Walk in Drogheda, which starts at 2pm from St Dominic’s Park, will have the option of walking either 5km or 10km walk.
Ann Shortt, the Local Champion for the 2023 Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, has urged everyone who possibly can to register and support the cause.
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Ann has said that all of the money raised in Drogheda will stay in Drogheda where the Tredagh Lodge Daycare Centre is making a huge difference to the lives of local people affected by this cruel disease.
The Memory Walk is a family-friendly event suitable for all ages and walking abilities. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland aims to have over 3,000 walkers across the country to help raise funds for essential services such as Daycare, Daycare at Home, Family Carer Training, Social Clubs, Cafés, and a National Helpline.
In Ireland, some 64,000 people currently live with dementia, a number that is projected to more than double to over 150,000 by 2045. Therefore, the support provided by events like the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk is crucial in ensuring that these individuals receive the necessary care and assistance.
To participate in the 2023 Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, members of the public can register on the official website. The registration fees are €5 for kids and €18 for adults, which includes a participation pack with a Memory Walk t-shirt. The deadline for registrations to receive the participation pack before the walk is 12 noon on Wednesday, September 20.
Those unable to walk on the day have the option to donate to the Memory Walk at www.Alzheimer.ie .
Also this weekend, on Saturday September 23rd, the launch will take place of the new Tredagh Lodge Saturday Social Club which will be a social gathering, hopefully the first of many, at Tredagh Lodge which is at the new Link Road at Greenhills (Eircode A92PYV9 if you get lost).
The Saturday Social Club is designed as a social gathering to give people living with dementia and their carers an opportunity to socialise and enjoy a range of activities to help with cognition. There will be live music and refreshments and, needless to say, there will be no charge.