Teams gear up for annual Alzheimer’s Walk

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By The Staff

Local teams are getting ready this week for the annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Los Alamos.

As teams continue to form, volunteers are busy preparing for the big day that takes place this weekend.

The Saturday walk is spearheaded by community leaders, including Pauline Powell Schneider, director of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, and Vickie Griffis, coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Café and several local support groups.

The event kicks off with registration at 8 a.m. and an AARP-sponsored breakfast prior to walks around Ashley Pond and the Los Alamos Historic District. There will also be a Jerry Bower 5K run and a kids fun run.

A small ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and after the exercise, community members and walkers are invited to pursue the gift basket silent auction and raffle.

Kay Burick has been busy receiving donations to benefit the weekend event including paintings from Mary Carol Williams and Secudino Sandoval, a “Violets” quilt from the RSVP quilters, jewelry by Lee Ann Bower, binoculars from Hallmark and a variety of gift certificates for food and services, just to name a few.

The Betty Ehart Senior Center will host the weekend events and is the location for a variety of services for both seniors and those caring for seniors.

As September is also National Senior Center month, opportunities abound for residents to learn about the centers in both Los Alamos and White Rock.

Los Alamos seniors, eligible at the  age of 50, are able to utilize many programs and services offered at the senior center from 55 Alive classes, to energetic exercise and dancing opportunities, financial fitness, cultural and educational programs and more.

One very special senior missing from this year’s walk is Jerry Bower. Bower, who passed away earlier this summer, was an event champion doing many of the behind the scenes tasks in preparation for the event.

Bower’s trademark truck could be seen throughout the community prior to the event, draped in a banner announcing the walk. This year his work will be recognized by the presentation of a plaque in his honor.

Myles Copeland from FM 107.9 will be the emcee for the Memory Walk and the  line up of guests includes: Lizzie the Lizard.

Those still wishing to assemble teams are asked to call Schneider at 662-8920 for more information.

Those in need of support groups and other opportunities for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s can also call Griffis at 662-4038.