Unconditional support for the Alzheimer’s Walk

Published 3:43 pm Tuesday, October 4, 2016

This Saturday will mark the 12th-annual Alzheimer’s Walk and Education Fair, which seeks to raise support for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, while also educating the public about the disease.

Just as Hurricane Joaquin threatened last year’s walk, Hurricane Matthew may pose a problem this year, as the storm is expected to hit eastern North Carolina over the weekend. Hurricane or not, however, the event is still on schedule as of now.

Alzheimer’s can be one of the toughest diseases to have and to watch a loved one battle. As the disease causes the deterioration of a loved one’s memory, manifesting itself through odd behavior and erratic moods, it is hard for the patient and caregiver alike.

It’s a situation that organizer Emily Albera feels strongly about after she cared for her mother, who suffered from the disease. In Albera’s opinion, knowledge of the disease can improve the circumstances because it helps the caregiver recognize symptoms and understand what is happening.

That is why this annual event is so important. In between the various fundraisers for cancer research and patients — which are no doubt important, as well — the more subtle illness of Alzheimer’s should not be forgotten.

By banding together in support of Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, Beaufort County residents will be well on its way to understanding the disease and be able to take steps toward finding better treatment options.

If Hurricane Matthew doesn’t stop the Alzheimer’s Walk, then it shouldn’t stop residents from coming out either. As long as the event is still on, Beaufort County should be ready to show its support.

If conditions are deemed safe, don’t let the rain deter one from attending. This event makes a difference in so many lives, and it’ll be worth the trip.