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Walk for Alzheimer’s supports 'lifeline' for caregivers

You can support the Alzheimer Society of York Region by taking a walk Saturday morning at Richmond Green

For Stouffville’s Schoenrock family, dementia hits close to home. Mark’s mom is living with early-onset dementia, while his grandmother has dementia.

Mark, his wife, Lorie, and their children, Katlyn, Emma, Mackenzie, Eric and Jenna, will be taking part in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s Saturday, June 8 at Richmond Green Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd., in Richmond Hill as part of the Blue 7’s. They are the Alzheimer Society of York Region’s Honorary Family.

Emma, who sits on the AS York Walk for Alzheimer’s committee, said it’s important to raise money and awareness about these diseases because dementia affects so many people and will only impact more as the population ages. While dementia is not a normal part of aging, age is the No. 1 risk factor developing the disease.

“So many people don't know or understand dementia and that little bit of knowledge about the topic can help a diagnosis make more sense. It helped me make sense of my Granny's diagnosis and it has given me more peace knowing that I understand what is happening to her, and I know what to expect.”

Lorie said events like Saturday’s walk helps those struggling to cope. “Caregivers often put their own health at risk (in caring for those living with dementia). The Alzheimer Society of York Region is a lifeline.”

The Blue 7's fundraising page states, "Several years back Valerie, aka "Granny Val", was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease similar to her Mom who passed away years before. Now our Oma resides on a memory care floor diagnosed with dementia. As a family, we are committed to participating in the Walk for Alzheimer’s to support the Alzheimer Society. They provide essential programs and services that work to effectively alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias within our community." 

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s takes place rain or shine beginning at 9 a.m. with registration. The 2.5 or five-kilometre walk begins at 10 a.m. The event goes until 12:30 p.m. and includes entertainment, crafts, games and food. Visit to register as a team or individually and donate.