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Alzheimer's WalkOn Sunday, September 27, a team from Executive Office of Elder Affairs, led by Secretary Alice Bonner and Co-captain Adam Frank, turned out in full force at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Cambridge joining thousands in a parade of purple that stretched for miles. The enthusiastic staff group recruited family and friends to join and take steps together on this 3.5 mile city walk to raise funds and awareness to fight the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. By participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s  the team  joined with colleagues, friends, and families who know first-hand that Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia take a tremendous toll on the 120,000 people are living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in Massachusetts and on the roughly 330,000 family members and friends who provide care for them.

We had over 20 people representing EOEA on our Elder Affairs Cares team—with representing ages from 5 to 75.  Congratulations to the fantastic teammates who came together in a true team-building event—Secretary, Alice Bonner, Adam Frank, Emmett Schmarsow, Martha Waldron, Susan Tomkins-Hunt, Thomas Lane, Digna Lyons, Robin Lipson, Kathy Devine, Deborah Scott, Susan Ciccariello, Ana Karchmer, Hope Turner, Randy Garten, Mary Deroo and Lisa Rivers, their families and friends. The day was a resounding success.

Being part of such an enormous event and coming together to make a positive difference made a real impact on everyone who participated. One team member brought her whole family along including her mom who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Many of the team members have first-hand experience with the effect Alzheimer’s Disease has on families and so this work team was also a personal pursuit.

Thoughts from the day:

“It was a truly inspiring event. It was a perfect day—beautiful weather, great views, nice people.  Even better—we helped raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, services and supports available for affected families, and the need to ramp up research efforts.”  – Adam Frank

“The Alzheimer’s Walk was a wonderful opportunity for the Elder Affairs’ team -– and family members as well — to share support for those living with and/or caring for those with Alzheimer’s in the community.  “ –Emmett Schmarsow

“I’m so proud to work with and walk with such warm and welcoming group of colleagues. I brought my whole family along and we had a such a wonderful time we’ll be back next year!”-Susan Ciccariello

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