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September 17, 2010 > A successful walk for memory

A successful walk for memory

Submitted By Jo Ann Driscoll

Residents, staff, friends and family of AlmaVia of Union City participated in the annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk in San Francisco, Saturday, September 11th.

Walkers received a warm send-off with complimentary coffee and donuts at the Union City BART station at 7 a.m. fort he walk, held at Mission Creek Park in San Francisco. This event is the largest Memory Walk in the country and walkers help raise money to combat Alzheimer's disease and other dementia illnesses which affect over 5 million Americans. No minimum contribution is required to participate in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. AlmaVia residents, staff and friends raised over $3,000 through bake sales, auctions, and cash donations solicited.

Following the event, AlmaVia of Union City hosted a salute to the walkers and their supporters in the community's gardens at 33883 Alvarado-Niles Road. AlmaVia of Union City is an independent living, assisted living and memory care community dedicated to service and amenities that promote independence and foster dignity, respect and personal choice. It is part of the Elder Care Alliance, a non-profit, faith-based organization.

"The Alzheimer event resident co-chairs and the group of walk participants have been very excited to make an active contribution to this cause, using their skills to organize the event. We've all had a lot of fun," said AlmaVia Executive Director Marjaana Seilonen.

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