Alzheimer’s affects not only people’s relationships, but their day-to-day lives. This is why the Alzheimer’s Association will hold one of its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s events on Saturday at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center at 9 a.m.


Supporters can come out and walk about 2 miles around the track, and enjoy a cookout and music afterward.


Registration is free. People can register at 8:30 a.m. at the event.


The association and sponsors will be present to show their support and handout information. The main sponsors for the walk are United Hospice of Aiken, Agape Senior, Regency Hospice, Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services, Pepper Hill Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, ResCare Home Care, Right at Home, Shadow Oaks Assisted Living, Tri-County Home, Health and Hospice, and HarborChase of Aiken.


Around 70 Pepper Hill patients suffer from different stages of Alzheimer’s disease, said Cathy Walker, admissions coordinator.


“We are pretty involved with the Alzheimer’s Association every year,” she said. “Families don’t always know what resources are available. We try to help (the association) as much as possible.”


Leslie Addison, an Aurora Pavilion geriatrics and child and adolescence therapist, rallied a team from Aiken Regional Medical Centers.


“I got involved because I see a lot of patients with different stages of Alzheimer’s,” she said. “Now my grandfather has it, so it’s close to my heart because of that now, too.”


People can donate to the walk online at www.alz.org/walk, at the event or by visiting its West Columbia location or mailing donations to 3223 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, West Columbia, SC 29169.


For more information, call (800) 272-3900.