Alzheimer's Walk at Comerica Park Aug. 29

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There is a lot of activity at the Alzheimer's Association Headquarters for the Greater Michigan Chapter.

They are getting ready for a big walk at Comerica Park Saturday, Aug. 28. The walk should raise about $500,000 supporting programs and research.

Kelly Bailiff of the Alzheimer's Association says that a 24-hour support hotline is offered for anyone affected by Alzheimer's in crisis.

"It is available 24/7 and we provide resources to them," she said.

Day programs are also available where people can get help for their loved ones.

"We have two day programs locally," Bailiff said. "We have one at our offices in Southfield, we have one in Detroit. It provides care to loved ones that have Alzheimer's Disease so their loved ones can go to work or perform other duties they might not be able to do while caring for someone with the disease."

There is also an Art Therapy program, Minds on Art.

"We partner with the Detroit Institute of Arts," Bailiff said. "Individuals with onset or early onset can create their own art and get to learn about art with their caregivers."

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and there is no current way to slow or cure the disease.

There are about 3,000 participants expected to take part in the walk. Registration is at 11 a.m.

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