Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth-leading cause of death for individuals age 65 and older. This devastating and debilitating disease is the ultimate thief — of memories, independence, control, time, and, ultimately, life.

And the disease is often dealt with in silence. Those facing the disease feel a stigma surrounding their diagnosis and often don’t seek the support they need.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, we hear from individuals daily that they “feel alone.” Family and friends stop visiting because of “abnormal” behavior — a symptom of the disease — and caregivers become more and more isolated.

We want those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their families to know that there is hope, and there is help, through the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania Chapter.

There are more than 6 million Americans currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and more than 15 million caregivers. In Pennsylvania alone, there are more than 400,000 individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

We are here to provide education and support to the millions who face dementia every day, while advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention, ultimately to end Alzheimer’s disease.

We also host the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This is the association’s largest annual awareness and fundraising event, which occurs every fall.

At the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, we’re fighting for a different future. For families facing the disease today. For more time. For treatments. We’re closer than ever to stopping Alzheimer’s.

But to get there, we need you. Join us for the world’s largest fundraiser to fight the disease.

Register today at or call our Helpline, available 24 hours, seven days a week, at (800) 272-3900.

Local walks include:


Saturday, Sept. 23

Overlook Park, Lancaster

Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.


Saturday, Oct. 7

City Island, Harrisburg

Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.


Saturday, Oct. 28

John C. Rudy Park, York

Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.

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