The Garden City Telegram

Zoo to host 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' next week

Alzheimer's is a fatal disease that progresses slowly over years before wiping away personality, memory and cognition. No drug therapy on the market has stopped the deterioration caused by the disease. It is a growing epidemic and is now the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond the estimated 5.6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's today. The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

On Oct. 13, the "Walk To End Alzheimer's" will be held at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 4 p.m. Funds raised will go directly toward supporting the efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Information about the walk or to form a team is available at

"There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Garden City and the surrounding area to join in the fight against Alzheimer's Disease by participating in the "Walk To End Alzheimer's,'" according to Mary Seibert, co-facilitator of the Garden City Area Alzheimer's Support Group. "Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 53,000 residents of Kansas living with Alzheimer's and to the 94,000 Kansans caring for a family member or friend." You may contact Ms. Seibert at 276-8933 for more information about the walk or the support group.

The Garden City Area Alzheimer's Support Group meets the third Monday of every month at 2 p.m. in the main parlor of the First United Methodist Church, Main Street and Kansas Avenue. Various guest speakers educate the group on topics pertaining to Alzheimer's and the health of the caregiver. Time is allotted for sharing and support.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the Chesapeake Energy volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Life Writing group meets at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. The monthly covered dish dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has the Craft Shop Board meeting at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. Pitch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

Oct. 10 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Library outreach is at 11 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Music is provided by the Moonshiners. The recommended donation is $5. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Baked ham, sweet potatoes, winter mix vegetables, wheat roll, apple crisp.

Friday: Chili, baked potato, green beans, cinnamon roll, apricots.

Monday: Beef and macaroni, peas and carrots, white roll, orange slices.

Tuesday: Baked fish, au gratin potatoes, steamed cabbage, wheat roll, cranberry crunch.

Oct. 10: Smothered steak with onions, potatoes gravy, stewed tomatoes, wheat bread, pears.

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