On October 26th, more than 6,000 people will gather at Soldier Field for one mission: to walk to raise awareness and funds to end Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® in Chicago is the seventh-largest walk in the nation. Funds generated from The Walk help benefit Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.
Lily Hickman, Chicago Walk Specialist of the Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter, said, “The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the largest fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. The majority of the funds raised go back to our care, support, and research. The funds raised allow us to provide the free care and support programs our constituents need and rely on.”
Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s
A variety of activities will take place during the event. Several performers will be on hand, including the Chicago Bulls Bucket Boys. Also performing will be Songs by Heart, a singing group that provides engagement programs through songs for memory care communities.
Support From Chicago
Planning an event this size is a huge undertaking, but it’s worth it for people who benefit from the funds and awareness. Thankfully, a lot of help comes from the Chicago community.
“This event comes together thanks to all of our great supporters, volunteers and committee members,” Lily explains. “We have a planning committee of 50 dedicated volunteers and over 100 volunteers on Walk Day who make this event come to life.”
Interested in helping out?
To volunteer for the planning committee or for the day of the Walk, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.
How The Admiral Supports The Walk
The Admiral at the Lake has been involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Chicago for the past five years. This year, The Admiral is one of the event’s sponsors.
“The Walk is a cause that is important to The Admiral community,” explained Kelly Corcoran, marketing coordinator at The Admiral at the Lake. “In the past, the Alzheimer’s Association has offered educational opportunities at the Admiral, including The Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s “
“It’s something that is close to The Admiral’s heart,” she added. “Alzheimer’s disease has affected the residents and staff.”
A handful of residents, staff, and family members are excited to be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
“Everyone has their own reasons for involvement. At The Admiral at the Lake, residents and staff are all affected by Alzheimer’s disease in some capacity. Some chose to walk, volunteer, or donate. The walk is a nice opportunity for staff and residents to be a part of an activity together outside the community,” Kelly said.
If you would like to donate to The Admiral the Lake’s team, please click here.
The Admiral: A Resident-Driven Community
Volunteering is important to many residents at The Admiral at the Lake. The Walk is one of many volunteering opportunities they enjoy. As a resident-driven community, residents form committees and groups such as the Volunteer Group that help find volunteering opportunities.
Resident-driven communities allow residents to build the lifestyle they want to live in their community. Joining together in activities, such as the Walk to End Alzheimer's®, brings the residents and staff closer together to make the community feel more like home.
Learn more about what it means to be a resident-driven community at The Admiral.
What is a resident-driven lifestyle?
Find out more about it and discover The Admiral’s groups and committees.