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Alzheimer's Walk comes to St. Joe County

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Saturday morning Northern Indiana's largest Alzheimer's and Dementia fundraiser made an appearance in St. Joe County.

The St. Joe County Alzheimer's Walk held at Newton Park raises money to fund services from Alzheimer's and Dementia Services in South Bend.

Volunteers can walk without paying a registration fee, but donations are strongly encouraged. All fundraising proceeds directly serve patients in the local community, so service options can be made more affordable for victims of Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Karen Keltz, a volunteer at the event, cares for her mother with Dementia, and also has a brother who lives with the disease. She says the walk especially helped her find part time care for her mother and could help others find care for their loved ones too,

"I know as a care-giver I had such a difficult time finding out what was available," says Keltz.

Alzheimer's and Dementia Services say they have a growing demand for their services.

Keltz hopes that more walks like these brings further awareness to the increasing number of Alzheimer's and Dementia patients,

"I'm here just to make people aware of the need in our community for support," she says. "This walk helps to raise money for those families to help provide care."

This year Alzheimer's and Dementia Services partnered with Real Services Inc. to host the event. Participants enjoyed breakfast, zumba, music, and walking to raise awareness. Organizers say they don't know how much money they raised yet, but they expect each participant to bring about $20-50.
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