FOCUS ON SENIORS: A walk to remember

News Feb 11, 2016 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

One of life’s special moments is the day we take our first steps.

Parents and grandparents will agree this is a milestone achievement – one not to be missed.  

Walking was fun when we were young and as adults many of us continue to enjoy this activity. It’s good for us too.

The health benefits are incredible. Walking can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower risk of diabetes, contribute to weight loss, tone up muscles, boost vitamin D, increase energy and improve mood.  

Studies show that older adults walking six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory as the years pass.

No wonder the Alzheimer Society of Canada chose a walk as its largest annual campaign to raise funds and increase awareness. For the past 24 years, Canadians have been donning their T-shirts and lacing their sneakers. Last year, their combined efforts raised more than $4.5 million.

The proceeds from the campaign support local programs and services with an allocation designated to ongoing research into the cause and effect of brain disease. Money raised by a community remains in the community to address any needs of the local society.

There are two organized walks scheduled for Brantford and the County of Brant. The first takes place on March 24 at the Brantford and District Civic Centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dubbed a “walk and chili” event, walkers can drop in at lunch time, participate in the walk, make a donation and enjoy a bowl of chili for lunch.

The second walk is on April 9 at the Syl Apps Community Centre in Paris from noon to 2 p.m.  

Both walks take place indoors.

There is no prescribed distance. Instead, people can walk around the course for as long they wish. They can set their own pace also. 

The campaign has a brand new look this year and has been renamed “Walk for Alzheimer’s.” Choosing a weekday at noon is also a significant change for Brantford.

[Alzheimer Society exceeds goal at Brantford Walk for Memories – Feb. 3, 2015]

The events are educational and fun. Participants can find out more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by collecting literature at the information booth. There’s time for fellowship and socializing as clients and their families mix and mingle. Plus, there are raffle draws, a silent auction and brain exercise games.  

People make their own fun. Some of them come together to form a team. The staff group is known as the “Nifty Neurons.” They push themselves hard to collect as much sponsorship revenue as possible.

Families walk in teams, too. It’s not uncommon to see groups of people wearing the same T-shirts with a commemorative photo of their loved one on the front.

[Walk for Memories a personal cause – Feb. 8, 2015]

These events rely on volunteers. From planning to working the day of the event, many join together to make it a success. They might be asked to pick up silent auction and draw prizes. Or they might be recruited to work at the food tables. Many hands are always needed before and after the event to set things up and then tidy them away.

If you would like to donate a prize, sponsor the walk, participate in the walk or volunteer at the event please call Sue Arsenault at 519-759-7692 for more information. You can register online or download pledge sheets from www.walkforalzheimers.ca

The Walk for Alzheimer’s encourages social participation, civic participation respect and inclusion. Both local venues are fully accessible with the added bonus of having the civic centre on a bus route. The walking tracks are indoors eliminating the need for walkers to cope with ice and snow, trip and fall hazards and cold temperatures. The walks are family events and are open to people of all ages. People in wheelchairs and scooters can also participate.  

The Grand River Council on Aging is proud to partner with the Alzheimer Society of Brant. They are to be commended for planning a truly age-friendly event. We wish them every success with the walk.

Why not join in to create new and lasting memories for your family?

Walk for health. Walk for life. Walk for Alzheimer’s.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: A walk to remember

Grand River Council on Aging supports age-friendly fundraiser for Alzheimer society

News Feb 11, 2016 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

One of life’s special moments is the day we take our first steps.

Parents and grandparents will agree this is a milestone achievement – one not to be missed.  

Walking was fun when we were young and as adults many of us continue to enjoy this activity. It’s good for us too.

The health benefits are incredible. Walking can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower risk of diabetes, contribute to weight loss, tone up muscles, boost vitamin D, increase energy and improve mood.  

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Studies show that older adults walking six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory as the years pass.

No wonder the Alzheimer Society of Canada chose a walk as its largest annual campaign to raise funds and increase awareness. For the past 24 years, Canadians have been donning their T-shirts and lacing their sneakers. Last year, their combined efforts raised more than $4.5 million.

The proceeds from the campaign support local programs and services with an allocation designated to ongoing research into the cause and effect of brain disease. Money raised by a community remains in the community to address any needs of the local society.

There are two organized walks scheduled for Brantford and the County of Brant. The first takes place on March 24 at the Brantford and District Civic Centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dubbed a “walk and chili” event, walkers can drop in at lunch time, participate in the walk, make a donation and enjoy a bowl of chili for lunch.

The second walk is on April 9 at the Syl Apps Community Centre in Paris from noon to 2 p.m.  

Both walks take place indoors.

There is no prescribed distance. Instead, people can walk around the course for as long they wish. They can set their own pace also. 

The campaign has a brand new look this year and has been renamed “Walk for Alzheimer’s.” Choosing a weekday at noon is also a significant change for Brantford.

[Alzheimer Society exceeds goal at Brantford Walk for Memories – Feb. 3, 2015]

The events are educational and fun. Participants can find out more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by collecting literature at the information booth. There’s time for fellowship and socializing as clients and their families mix and mingle. Plus, there are raffle draws, a silent auction and brain exercise games.  

People make their own fun. Some of them come together to form a team. The staff group is known as the “Nifty Neurons.” They push themselves hard to collect as much sponsorship revenue as possible.

Families walk in teams, too. It’s not uncommon to see groups of people wearing the same T-shirts with a commemorative photo of their loved one on the front.

[Walk for Memories a personal cause – Feb. 8, 2015]

These events rely on volunteers. From planning to working the day of the event, many join together to make it a success. They might be asked to pick up silent auction and draw prizes. Or they might be recruited to work at the food tables. Many hands are always needed before and after the event to set things up and then tidy them away.

If you would like to donate a prize, sponsor the walk, participate in the walk or volunteer at the event please call Sue Arsenault at 519-759-7692 for more information. You can register online or download pledge sheets from www.walkforalzheimers.ca

The Walk for Alzheimer’s encourages social participation, civic participation respect and inclusion. Both local venues are fully accessible with the added bonus of having the civic centre on a bus route. The walking tracks are indoors eliminating the need for walkers to cope with ice and snow, trip and fall hazards and cold temperatures. The walks are family events and are open to people of all ages. People in wheelchairs and scooters can also participate.  

The Grand River Council on Aging is proud to partner with the Alzheimer Society of Brant. They are to be commended for planning a truly age-friendly event. We wish them every success with the walk.

Why not join in to create new and lasting memories for your family?

Walk for health. Walk for life. Walk for Alzheimer’s.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: A walk to remember

Grand River Council on Aging supports age-friendly fundraiser for Alzheimer society

News Feb 11, 2016 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

One of life’s special moments is the day we take our first steps.

Parents and grandparents will agree this is a milestone achievement – one not to be missed.  

Walking was fun when we were young and as adults many of us continue to enjoy this activity. It’s good for us too.

The health benefits are incredible. Walking can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower risk of diabetes, contribute to weight loss, tone up muscles, boost vitamin D, increase energy and improve mood.  

Related Content

Studies show that older adults walking six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory as the years pass.

No wonder the Alzheimer Society of Canada chose a walk as its largest annual campaign to raise funds and increase awareness. For the past 24 years, Canadians have been donning their T-shirts and lacing their sneakers. Last year, their combined efforts raised more than $4.5 million.

The proceeds from the campaign support local programs and services with an allocation designated to ongoing research into the cause and effect of brain disease. Money raised by a community remains in the community to address any needs of the local society.

There are two organized walks scheduled for Brantford and the County of Brant. The first takes place on March 24 at the Brantford and District Civic Centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dubbed a “walk and chili” event, walkers can drop in at lunch time, participate in the walk, make a donation and enjoy a bowl of chili for lunch.

The second walk is on April 9 at the Syl Apps Community Centre in Paris from noon to 2 p.m.  

Both walks take place indoors.

There is no prescribed distance. Instead, people can walk around the course for as long they wish. They can set their own pace also. 

The campaign has a brand new look this year and has been renamed “Walk for Alzheimer’s.” Choosing a weekday at noon is also a significant change for Brantford.

[Alzheimer Society exceeds goal at Brantford Walk for Memories – Feb. 3, 2015]

The events are educational and fun. Participants can find out more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by collecting literature at the information booth. There’s time for fellowship and socializing as clients and their families mix and mingle. Plus, there are raffle draws, a silent auction and brain exercise games.  

People make their own fun. Some of them come together to form a team. The staff group is known as the “Nifty Neurons.” They push themselves hard to collect as much sponsorship revenue as possible.

Families walk in teams, too. It’s not uncommon to see groups of people wearing the same T-shirts with a commemorative photo of their loved one on the front.

[Walk for Memories a personal cause – Feb. 8, 2015]

These events rely on volunteers. From planning to working the day of the event, many join together to make it a success. They might be asked to pick up silent auction and draw prizes. Or they might be recruited to work at the food tables. Many hands are always needed before and after the event to set things up and then tidy them away.

If you would like to donate a prize, sponsor the walk, participate in the walk or volunteer at the event please call Sue Arsenault at 519-759-7692 for more information. You can register online or download pledge sheets from www.walkforalzheimers.ca

The Walk for Alzheimer’s encourages social participation, civic participation respect and inclusion. Both local venues are fully accessible with the added bonus of having the civic centre on a bus route. The walking tracks are indoors eliminating the need for walkers to cope with ice and snow, trip and fall hazards and cold temperatures. The walks are family events and are open to people of all ages. People in wheelchairs and scooters can also participate.  

The Grand River Council on Aging is proud to partner with the Alzheimer Society of Brant. They are to be commended for planning a truly age-friendly event. We wish them every success with the walk.

Why not join in to create new and lasting memories for your family?

Walk for health. Walk for life. Walk for Alzheimer’s.