Silver Bullets Team Gearing Up for Alzheimer's Walk

Silver Bullets Team Gearing Up for Alzheimer's Walk

September 20 2022

On Saturday, September 24, members of the Katy community will lace up their sneakers to walk for a cause: supporting the Alzheimer's Association in their mission to end Alzheimer's. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support and research. 

One of the teams who will join in the fight to end Alzheimer's on September 24 is Katy's own Fussell Senior Citizen Center. Dubbed the "Silver Bullets",  this new team was formed by the City of Katy Fussell Senior Citizen Center in partnership with their Katy AARP chapter. In previous years, Katy area seniors participated in the walk through AARP but this year, the organizations have officially joined forces to support the Alzheimer's Association.

The "Silver Bullets" team is comprised of eldercare professionals, community leaders, and of course, the seniors served by Fussell Senior Citizen Center.  From walkers to wheelchairs, and special orthotic walking shoes to running shoes, team members may have different gear but what they all have in common is a passion for the cause.

"This cause is near and dear to many of our hearts.  Most, if not all, of our seniors' lives have been touched by Alzheimer's Disease in some way or another - they've been caregivers for spouses, watched their parents decline, supported friends through their diagnosis, or maybe they are fighting their own internal battle with dementia. Through theses experiences, our team motto was created. 'We are walking for our friends, our family, and each other,'" said Amanda Di Dio, City of Katy Director of Social Services.

While more than 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's, the Alzheimer's Association is committed to providing education and support to those who face dementia every day, while advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

"The Alzheimer's Association is a wonderful organization that we are proud to support.  Not only do they fund valuable research searching for treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's, but they provide support for caregivers, resources for families, and tons of free education.  The Alzheimer's Association is an amazing asset to the senior care community," said Amanda Di Dio, City of Katy Director of Social Services.

With one in three seniors dying with Alzheimer's or another dementia, seniors are growing increasingly concerned with the effects of the disease on those who are diagnosed as well as their loved ones. Family members often shoulder the responsibility of care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients, many of whom provide unpaid care for their loved one.

Source: Alzheimer's Association

"Alzheimer's is becoming the #1 concern facing senior citizens.  It not only takes a toll on the person diagnosed, but their family as well.  Caregiving is difficult and very expensive.  I hope that through our donations, the Alzheimer's Association can help slow the disease and alleviate the quiet suffering of seniors and their loved ones," said Thelma Espinelli, City of Katy Fussell Senior Center Silver Bullet team member.
The Katy Walk to End Alzheimer's is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2022.  It will begin at 7:30 AM at La Centerra at Cinco Ranch.  Join your local "Silver Bullets" team either by signing up to walk, donating or both using the link below. Together, let's walk "for our friends, our family, and each other."

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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