Burnaby residents invited to join Alzheimer Society's virtual walk

No, you can’t get together to walk in a large group, but doesn’t need to stop you from helping the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

The society is joining its counterparts across Canada to bring the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s into the virtual realm on Sunday, May 31 – and Burnaby residents are invited to take part.

An online livestream will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. (Pacific time), and it can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. The livestream will introduce people across Canada who are affected by dementia, and it will pay a call on walkers and Alzheimer’s societies across the country.

A press release about the event notes that more than 70,000 British Columbians live with dementia, and that number is expected to grow.

“Dementia doesn’t stop, and neither do we,” said Alzheimer Society of B.C. CEO Maria Howard. “Even though the ways we are delivering our programs and services have needed to change, we are still committed to helping British Columbians affected by dementia. I invite all of you to help us do this by registering and fundraising for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s online.”

Everyone who wants to take part is invited to get moving – in whatever way works for them – and share a photo or video online, using the hashtag #IGWalkForAlz. You can do jumping jacks, lift weights, do a dance, stroll around the block, take the stairs, do yoga, or whatever else appeals to you.

You can do your personal fitness challenge before, during or after the event and create a fundraising page to share with friends and family.

“We know that due to physical distancing, many people are feeling isolated,” Howard said. “We hope that by joining us at the online event, Canadians affected by dementia can connect with each other and honour and remember people in their lives affected by the disease. Now, more than ever, connection is important.”

Visit www.tinyurl.com/AlzheimerWalk2020 to register.

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