Columbus taking steps to end Alzheimer’s Disease

2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's this Friday

COLUMBUS, Ga. – You can expect to see a sea of purple in Uptown Columbus Friday evening.

Hundreds will be participating in the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s to help raise awareness and money for the disease.

Eleven percent of seniors in Georgia have Alzheimer’s. That number is expected to jump to 46 percent by 2025.

It’s a disease that affects the entire family, especially the caregiver.

Woody Royster is a big supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Woody’s wife of 51 years, Brenda, had Alzheimer’s and he was her caregiver for six and a half years.

“There’s no survivors of Alzheimer’s,” Royster said. “It’s not like having cancer and going into remission or getting cured.”

Woody’s wife passed away in 2012, but Woody is thankful for the help he received in her last years.

“The most important thing to me was the support groups and knowing the Alzheimer’s Association was there so I could ask questions,” Royston said.

In addition to support groups, the Alzheimer’s Association also provides a “Caring Closet” – a place where Woody knew he could turn.

Caregivers can get free diapers, incontinence supplies, wipes and gloves — additional costs that can add up.

The association also provides patients bracelets if they wander away from home.

The walk will raise money to pay for this help.

“It supports research, support and care for the caregivers,” said Lindsey Richards of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Richards said the money raised from the walk will stay in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Woody feels it’s important to take steps to be educated because this diseases can affect anyone.

“I might be in this position one day,” he said.

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