Orem Mayor Richard Brunst to Chair 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Utah County

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September 6, 2014, Walk to End Alzheimer's chairs are motivated by personal experiences with friends and family members who suffer from Alzheimer's.

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I lost my father to Alzheimer's disease . . .

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for participants in Orem and throughout Utah County to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research, and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. This year, we are pleased to announce that Mayor Richard Brunst of Orem will chair the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Utah County on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Mayor Brunst knows too well the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. “I lost my father to Alzheimer’s disease. My father was 83 when he was diagnosed, and he passed away at 86,” Brunst said. “Toward the end, my father became a changed person. He was disoriented and afraid.”

Marcie Parmley, the director of community relations for Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab, is the marketing chair for this year’s walk in Orem. Orchard Park is a skilled nursing and post-acute rehab facility in Orem. The team at Orchard Park is passionate about treating early stage Alzheimer's, as several residents have been diagnosed with the progressive disease. Orchard Park is dedicated to supporting and promoting research and development for treating, and hopefully one day curing, Alzheimer's.

Orem is the commercial and technological center for Central Utah and is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. With this new growth, Orem could see an increase of Alzheimer’s disease throughout its communities. Currently in Utah, 28,000 seniors aged 65+ are living with Alzheimer’s disease with an expected increase of 42,000 by the year 2025.

In his role as Chair of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Utah County, Mayor Brunst is calling on the citizens of Utah to help end the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease by participating in one of four Walks to End Alzheimer’s Disease: September 6, 2014, Utah County; September 13, 2014, Salt Lake County; September 20, 2014, Logan; and September 27, 2014, Weber/Davis.

For more information, visit http://www.alz.org/utah or call our helpline at 800.272.3900.

About the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s—the nation’s sixth leading cause of death.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support, and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

About Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab
Orchard Park Rehab is a skilled nursing facility located in Orem, Utah. Rated “five stars” by Medicare and “best nursing home” by U.S. News and World Report, Orchard Park recently received the Daily Herald’s “Best of Utah County 2014” award in both nursing home and rehabilitation facility categories. The mission of Orchard Park is to provide the highest quality care in a comfortable and loving environment.

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