The Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk was held on a lovely sunny day on Sunday September 30th 2018.
At the Kings Meadow start / finish area, the Alzheimer’s Society had done a fantastic job, creating a great atmosphere. The event had built on it success last year and attracted a large number of participants all of whom were motivated to help raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The beautiful 6.5km walk took us along the Thames Path, looping around Thames Valley Park, before returning. There was also an alternative 2.5km route which was a gentle stroll suitable for all including those of us who had brought our slightly unenthusiastic children along!
Gardiner’s were well represented at the walk. We would like to thank all those who participated from Gardiner’s including Nanette, Trish, Sam, Theresa, Loretta, Natalie, Sandra, Kelly, Sheila, Donna and John-Joe – as well as all of the family members, friends and dogs that they bought along. We are still adding up the total raised by our team, however one of our number raised over £700 by themselves, a fantastic effort – well done, we are really proud of you.
To find out more about the Memory Walk and the Gardiner’s team, please call and speak to John-Joe
The Memory Walk helps the Alzheimer’s Society to fund vital research by joining 100,000 people, united against dementia. The support of the Alzheimer’s Society volunteers enables them to raise money for a world without dementia.
Five things you should know about dementia
1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
We all forget a name or a face sometimes. Especially as we get older. But dementia is something different. Memory problems are one of a number of symptoms that people with dementia may experience. Others include difficulties with planning, thinking things through, struggling to keep up with a conversation, and sometimes changes in mood or behaviour. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it doesn’t just affect older people. Over 40,000 people under 65 in the UK have dementia.
2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
Diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease cause nerve cells to die, damaging the structure and chemistry of the brain. There are lots of other causes and no two types of dementia are the same. In different types of dementia there is damage to different parts of the brain.
3. It’s not just about losing your memory
When most people hear the word dementia, they think of memory loss. And it does often start by affecting the short-term memory. Someone with dementia might repeat themselves and have problems recalling things that happened recently. But dementia can also affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave.
4. People can still live well with dementia
Although there is no cure for dementia, scientists and researchers are working hard to find one. Until that day comes, support and treatments are available that can help with symptoms and managing daily life. These can allow people with dementia to lead active, purposeful lives and carry on doing the things that matter to them most.
5. Alzheimer’s Society is there for anyone affected by dementia
The Alzheimer’s Society provide expert information and support to anyone affected by dementia. Call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 11 22 if you’d like to talk to someone for information, support or advice.