PITTSBURG — According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease affects more than 5 million Americans and is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.

Alzheimer’s Association — Heart of America Chapter is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraiser on Saturday at the Lincoln Center. The participants will take a one mile walk around  Lincoln Park.

Registration will be open the day of the event at 9 a.m. and is free. To set up teams participants can go online at alzwalkseks.org which will provide a fundraising page for each team.

In order to receive a t-shirt the participant must raise $100 for the cause.

So far, the teams and sponsors have raised over $20,000 of the $35,000 yearly goal. According to the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter Special Events Manager Lauren Larsen, the money raised will be split between local support groups and programs, and the rest will go towards research.

“So far nothing that will help slow down or cure Alzheimer's,” Larsen said. “But, research has made big strides recently in not only the pharmaceutical, but the legislative area — now budgeted by NIH.”

According to a release from the Kansas University Medical Center the research center is has ongoing trials  examining the links between lifestyle strategies, physical exercise and vascular health.

“We are leading the prevention field in Alzheimer’s disease,” Co-Director of KU ADC Jeffrey Burns, M.D. said in the release. “We have a number of clinical trials looking at the connections between exercise and Alzheimer's.

“It appears that what’s good for you heart and for your vascular health is also good for your brain.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.