Belmont residents Lorraine, Julia and Georgia Kermond will be joining the movement to end Alzheimer’s disease by taking part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Cambridge on Sunday, Sept. 23.
Kermond’s connection to Alzheimer’s disease is both personal and professional. Kermond has been working in the field of Alzheimer’s care for more than 20 years, and is currently the Manager of Professional Education Programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. She walks to honor her grandmother who suffered from dementia.
Kermond is calling upon participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions and put an end to Alzheimer’s disease.
“There is so much more support and information available for caregivers and for those living with Alzheimer’s than there was twenty years ago,” said Kermond.
“I urge friends, neighbors, family members, and the Belmont community at large to rally around this cause.”
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. The disease has a significant impact on family members, with nearly 15 million providing care to a loved one, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Anyone can contribute to, or join, Kermond and her team, “Team Belmont,” at act.alz.org/goto/belmont.
The Alzheimer’s Association, with headquarters in Watertown, provides services
and programs for those with Alzheimer’s, family and professional caregivers in the form of support groups, a 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, advocacy efforts, research funding and education programs.
For more information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, or Alzheimer programs and information, visit www.alz.org/MANH.