Waveny Care Network employees, volunteers and family members helped fight Alzheimer's disease by participating in this year's annual Memory Walk at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Waveny's team, which has participated in the 3-mile walk since its inception 16 years ago, raised close to $3,000 for the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter through donations and sponsorships. The funds collected will stay in the community to fund essential care and support services for people with the disease.

Dressed in Waveny T-shirts, the team joined scores of walkers from throughout Fairfield County in support of medical research to improve treatments and find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Waveny's team is passionate about this mission given the care Waveny provides to patients and residents with Alzheimer's disease at both the Care Center and The Village at Waveny Care Center, Waveny's assisted living residence for people with memory loss.

"Every year, the Memory Walk brings hundreds of people together to raise funds to research and combat a disease that presents enormous challenges to the people it affects directly, their families and friends," said Ilene Sumberg, director of Waveny's Adult Day Program and Waveny team captain. "We were proud to have such strong representation."

and to raise a significant amount of money for the cause."

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The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people affected by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders through advocacy, education and support systems, while promoting research efforts. According to the association, Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia and affects as many as 5.4 million Americans. It is a degenerative disease that attacks the brain and progresses at a variable rate. It results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior and can last from eight to 20 years from the time of onset of symptoms.

Waveny Care Network provides a continuum of care to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer's and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program that offers flexible hours and transportation six days a week, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at both The Village and Care Center.