PITTSBURG — Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Kansas.

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia which causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviors.
It's the most common form of dementia, accounting for about 60 to 80 percent of cases of dementia and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the result of changes in the brain, where nerve cell networks have special jobs involved with thinking, learning, remembering and the five senses. Cellular degeneration causes the communication channels between cells to stop, causing irreversible brain change.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it cost $424 million in Medicaid funding to care for people with Alzheimer's in Kansas. It costs Medicare $20,980 per capita.

Alzheimer's Association Special Events Coordinator Cassie Wilson said the Walk to End Alzheimer's is one the association’s biggest fundraisers for care and research in the U.S.

“They bring an incredible amount of awareness to this cause,” Wilson said.

During the Pittsburg walk, Wilson said they hope to raise $35,000.

Want to go?

People can register and donate at www.alzwalk@seks.org until noon on Friday. People can also register in person at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Gorilla Village. The event is free to attend. People who fundraise $100 can win a shirt. Parking will be behind the Carnie Smith Stadium.

Before heading out on the walk at 9:30 a.m., there will be an “Inspirational Promise Garden Flower Ceremony,” at 9 a.m.

“You will see a very good visual representation of how Alzheimer's impacts the community,” Wilson said.

Different colored flowers will represent in what way the disease has affected a person.

“It’s very meaningful and somber,” Wilson said. “It brings the purpose for walking home.”

— 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.