LSS to Present 2010 St. Louis Memory Walk

When the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk rolls into Busch Stadium for the first time Sept. 11, the residents and staff of Lutheran Senior Services will be at the front of the line.

This year, LSS has doubled its corporate sponsorship to $20,000, and will serve as presenting sponsor for the event. “One in four families in America is affected by Alzheimer’s. This is a problem that touches everyone in our communities,” says LSS Communications and Media Director Luke Smith. “That’s why LSS sees our support of the Alzheimer’s Association as an important part of our Christian mission of helping older adults live life to the fullest.”

Recently, the Alzheimer’s Association named Luke Smith as the chairman of this year’s walk. The press release follows below the fold.

Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter announces Luke C. Smith, of Lutheran Senior Services, as 2010 St. Louis Memory Walk Chair

ST. LOUIS (May 5, 2010) – The Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter is proud to announce Luke C. Smith, communications and media director of Lutheran Senior Services, as the 2010 St. Louis Memory Walk Chair. For the past five years, Smith has been involved with Memory Walk, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. His connection to Alzheimer’s stems from his time at Lutheran Senior Services, where he has made friends with many residents who were living with or who developed Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Memory Walk is an annual fundraiser that joins friends, family and co-workers as they walk to end Alzheimer’s. The St. Louis Memory Walk will be held Saturday, September 11, at Busch Stadium. Individuals and teams can find more information and register online at www.alzstl.org or by calling 800.272.3900. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $300 million for the cause.

Lutheran Senior Services is the top sponsor for the St. Louis, St. Charles and Edwardsville Memory Walks. In addition, Lutheran Senior Services partners with the Alzheimer’s Association in all of its programs, educates their staff on person-centered care with Association training resources and co-sponsors a number of Association conferences.

The Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter serves 38 counties in eastern Missouri and western Illinois, offering numerous programs for those dealing with the many stages and issues of the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For additional information about the disease, family support or research, visit the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter web site at www.alzstl.org, or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900

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