On a crisp October morning, Hooverwood hosted its annual Campus Walk for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Residents—cozied up with blankets, jackets, and gloves—ventured outside for a scenic walk. They were joined by staff, family members, volunteers of all ages, and even children from local schools. Under blue skies and a rainbow of yellow, red, and orange leaves, the multi-generational group circled the campus.
Campus Walk was organized by Hooverwood’s activity department and by Kira Shemesh, director of activities. The walk is similar to Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which also promotes awareness of the disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and more than half of all Americans know someone who suffers from it. At Hooverwood, Campus Walk raises awareness, but also is one of many opportunities for the young and the young at heart to enjoy each other’s company.
This year, more than 100 children participated in Campus Walk. Some helped push residents, whose wheelchairs were decorated with an array of colorful balloons. Others sang. There was music. Laughter. Smiling. Fun. Happiness.
After the walk, the energy and enthusiasm continued indoors. Family, friends, residents, and staff gathered in the main dining room for refreshments and musical entertainment, and Hooverwood was filled with happy chatter and camaraderie.