Debbie Frederick holds a photo of her father, the late Doug Hoffman of Mooers Forks, who passed away in August 2009 following complications from Alzheimer’s disease. A 5k fun run and walk will be held in Hoffman's memory..
The Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center hosts its “Walk to Remember” each year, remembering those lost to and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. And, this year, two events are kicking off the event.
The Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County Senior Center, 5139 N. Catherine St., will be the site of the first upcoming event — a Zumbathon hosted by instructor Ashley Cousens this Saturday, Aug. 13, from 12 to 2 p.m.
Cousens, who routinely hosts Zumba events for local charities, said she’s looking forward to this Saturday’s Zumbathon, given the cause.
“My great-grandmother, who I knew fairly well, had Alzheimer’s,” said Cousens. “That’s why I agreed to do a Zumbathon for the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center. Because I knew what it was like to see someone go through it.”
The proceeds from the Zumbathon — which will cost $10 to register for — will benefit the center financially. However, the event is something Cousens said will benefit those wanting to keep their minds in shape as much as their bodies, all at the same time.
“The neat connection between all of this is how Zumba helps you keep your brain active, remembering all the steps. It’s just one way we can help keep our memory going and help ward off Alzheimer’s,” said Cousens.
The second event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center is “Run to Remember,” a 5k fun run and walk in memory of the late Doug Hoffman of Mooers Forks. That event will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Wellness Center at PARC, 295 New York Road, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. The first 25 to register will receive free T-shirts. The cost to register is $15 per person. The walk/run will begin at 9 a.m.
Lythia Vera, with the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center, said events like those are important to helping the center continue its mission of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.
“These events bring awareness to Alzheimer’s, which is crucial for the center,” said Vera. “I personally lost a family member to Alzheimer’s, too, so I know what families go through.”
Hosting events like the Zumbathon, the Run to Remember and this year’s Walk to Remember — slated for Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse — helps keep those suffering from Alzheimer’s at the forefront of people’s minds.
“Through events like these, we raise awareness. So much has been done for Alzheimer’s by raising awareness,” she said.