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Honorary family named for annual Alzheimer's Walk

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    Bill and Myrna Thiessen were chosen as the honorary family for this year's Bastrop and Fayette Counties Alzheimer’s Texas Walk. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Texas

The Thiessen Family will serve as the honorary family of the fifth annual Bastrop and Fayette Counties Alzheimer’s Texas Walk in September. This family has shown their commitment to helping others through their involvement and caring nature.

“My hope is that there won’t be a need for an Alzheimer’s event next year,” says Bill Theissen of Bill’s Team.

Although Bill would prefer a swimming event to benefit Alzheimer’s, he has been walking with Alzheimer’s Texas for two years despite his two knee replacements and seven hip replacements. Bill likes to stay active and involved with the community, and he’s happy to be a part of this year’s honorary family.

These families are not alone. Over five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, and here in Texas alone, over 1.3 million people care for a loved one with some type of dementia. The progressive neurological illness can last for over 10 years and can be very financially, emotionally and physically challenging for caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Texas, a local nonprofit that has served Central Texas for over 37 years, provides essential services like support groups, care consultations, a respite care network, education programs and a 24-hour helpline to help families cope with these challenges. The Alzheimer’s Texas Walk is their annual fundraiser, and 100 percent of the proceeds from this event will remain in Central Texas to meet the needs of our local communities.

“We are, and always have been, deeply committed to providing families in Central Texas with compassionate services that are relevant to their needs,” says Christian Wells, President of Alzheimer’s Texas. “When they walk with us this fall, teams know that they are supporting the services they value, and that support comes with a greater level of transparency and accountability.”

The Alzheimer’s Texas Walk serves another important purpose, which is to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and to break down the stigma surrounding these increasingly common illnesses. The Alzheimer’s Texas Walk creates a community around this issue, a place for people to come together to celebrate loved ones affected by dementia, and to commemorate the many ways lives can be changed by this illness.

Registration is now open for the fifth annual Bastrop and Fayette County Alzheimer’s Texas Walk, which will be held at Towers Nursing Home in Smith-ville on September 21. To learn more about the event and how to get involved, visit www.txalz.org/walk,or call 512-241-0420.