By Nicole Mathison
Health can be something taken for granted, especially when one is relatively healthy. Unfortunately, many have experienced watching a family member or close friend suffer from an illness, and have felt helpless in doing so …especially if that illness is dementia. It is a terrifying condition that affects all involved as memories are robbed from its victims in heartbreaking fashion.
On Nov. 2, folks can put their feet to work to raise awareness as Dementia Connection of Havasu organizes its fifth annual Movin’ for Memory, a walk through Rotary Park concluding in raffle prizes, socializing, snacks and refreshments.
It may seem like a small gesture, but raising awareness of the importance of exercise in dementia prevention is a giant step in the right direction. The World Health Organization estimates that 50 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, and on top that, there are reported at least 10 million new cases every year. Exercising regularly is something that most people can do to reduce the risk of dementia. Of course, it is recommended that anyone should consult a physician before starting a new exercise program.
Making Memories Count
Vilma Urbina, the chair of Dementia Connection, found her passion for this cause at an early age. “Personally, I found my passion when I was 16 years old. I opened assisted living homes and I take care of dementia residents, it’s just been my passion.”
This experience has caused her to develop some deep thoughts on life. “Live in the moment, making memories count because they don’t last. My grandma has dementia, so this cause is near and dear to me.”
This outreach extends far into the community and to the families affected by this disease. Urbina informs RiverScene that, “We’ve helped a lot of people. We do support groups once a week and they can even bring their loved ones who have dementia.”
And the cost? Free, thanks to donations and their sponsors. “We’re able to give back and give free support groups and memory screenings.”
Support this event Nov. 2, at Rotary Park, starting at 9 a.m. Registration deadline is Oct. 18, so be sure to get in early on the guaranteed T-shirt by registering at www.havasucommunityhealth.org, or there will be walk-up registration available that morning (T-shirt not guaranteed).