What may look like a solemn procession of individuals carrying flowers in memory of loved ones through Swenson Park Golf Course in Stockton on Saturday, Oct. 16 will be a swell of families and friends raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association (AA).

With the coronavirus impacting large gatherings, the AA announced on their website the event encourages people to be fully vaccinated to attend. Also, with safety on people’s minds, people may choose to walk in their own neighborhoods. The event begins with an 8 a.m. registration, followed by a ceremony at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:30 a.m.

Elsie Warner, whose husband Don Warner of 60-plus years has a form of dementia known as Lewy body, has varying degrees of forgetfulness from one day to the next. She and her daughter Denise Campion have participated in the walks in past years (except last year) and have been strong advocates for the Alzheimer’s Association for the support that they have received as caregivers and family of Don Warner. In a previous year, Elsie was pushed in her wheelchair by friends and family on her walk team. They said they appreciated the feeling of camaraderie at the walks.

One of the services that Denise has appreciated has been the 24-hour helpline.

By going to alz.org, you can find out the closest resources, support and educational programs to you.