Doing Our Part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

By Sophia Kroon

Kindred has been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on a national level since 2004. Held annually, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is actually a series of walks held across the country, is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. “Our centers support the walks throughout their states,” says Lisa Hasecuster, RN, BSN, District Director of Sales Development for Indiana, Kindred Healthcare. “We conduct fundraising activities, and we have teams that participate in the walks.”

Each center participates in its own fundraising activities. “Some centers will do overnight camps,” says Hasecuster. “Others will do carnivals, silent auctions, or raffles. We’ve done Harley rides and car shows. The centers also do internal fundraising where they request donations from staff and the community.”

All Kindred staff members are also given the opportunity to physically participate in the walks. “Each area of each state has a different weekend they do their walk,” Hasecuster says. “Centers will conduct fundraisers, then the teams will walk to raise awareness and money for this disease.”

Hasecuster believes it’s important for Kindred to be involved in the Alzheimer’s Association walks. “Alzheimer’s and dementia affect the patients that we care for each day,” she says. “It’s prevalent in the long-term care industry. Our nursing centers have units for Alzheimer’s patients, and we also have late-stage Alzheimer’s patients in our general population. The Alzheimer’s Association walks have the potential to have a great impact on the patient population that we serve. The walks give us an opportunity to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. We’ll find a cure for this one day.”

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