CLARKSBURG — Harrison County Courthouse Plaza will be the site of this Sunday’s North Central Walk to End Alzheimer’s as walkers gather in person on October 10 united in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
On Sunday, participants will either gather at the Courthouse or walk in their neighborhoods to kick off this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The North Central Walk raises money for Alzheimer’s research and allows the Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter to provide free care and support services to local families.
Sharon Covert, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter, said at the Walk, participants will find a layout that allows for physical distancing, hand sanitizer stations, contactless registration, and more. Per CDC guidelines around crowded outdoor settings, the Association asks that all Walk attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask when in an overcrowded area. Masks will be available on-site.
“I can't express how excited we are to have our walks in person this fall. There will be some modifications to protect the health and safety of participants, staff, and volunteers so we can make sure that everyone attending feels safe and comfortable,” Covert said.
This year’s goal is to raise $40,000. The Walk Ceremony begins at 2.p.m. and the Walk begins at 2:30 p.m. The year’s Walk sponsors are: Elkins Regional Convalescent Center; WV Fitness 24; Bridgeport Health Care Center; Harmony at White Oaks; Hearing Solutions Services Inc.; Mountain State Engine Service; Peterson Health Care; Clarksburg Nursing & Rehabilitation.
Covert said the Chapter decided to move forward with plans to host the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s because meeting in-person provides an exceptionally moving experience that can be accomplished with COVID restrictions. If individuals choose to walk from home, they can still engage in many Walk-day experiences through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app. Participants are encouraged to register in advance for the Walk at alz.org/walk.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal brain disease that kills nerve cells and tissues in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think, plan, speak, walk. Alzheimer’s is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. But according to the National Institute on Aging, recent estimates indicate Alzheimer’s disease may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people. In West Virginia, there are 39,000 individuals 65 years of age and older living with Alzheimer’s disease and 85,000 caregivers.
The Harrison County Courthouse Plaza is located at 301 W. Main St. in Clarksburg.