The 2016 Cowley County Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be Sept. 10 and it will start at the Arkansas City Senior Citizens Center, located at 320 South A St.

The route length is listed as 2 miles.

There already are several teams assembled for the walk, including Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor, Team Poppy, Kimsey Kloppers and Tropics.

Thus far, $5,711.71 of the goal of $21,416 has been raised.

Those who are interested in participating should call Brett Hogan at (316) 267-7333.

Registration for the event will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 10 a.m. The walk itself will begin at 10:15 a.m.

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast, according to http://act.alz.org.

An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages will have Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.

  • Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.2 million people are 65 or older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are younger than 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s).
  • One in 9 people aged 65 or older has Alzheimer’s disease.
  • By mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

Alzheimer’s disease officially is listed as the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fifth-leading cause of death for people aged 65 or older.

As the population of the United States ages, Alzheimer’s is becoming more of a common cause of death.

Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

Here are some things to look for that can be signs of Alzheimer’s:

  • memory loss that disrupts daily life;
  • challenges in planning or solving problems;
  • difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure;
  • confusion with time or place;
  • trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships;
  • new problems with words in speaking or writing;
  • misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps;
  • decreased or poor judgment;
  • withdrawal from work or social activities;
  • changes in mood and personality.