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Posted on: August 30, 2017

OFA Joins the Alzheimer's Association in the Walk to End Alzheimer's

2016 OFA Alz Walk

Pictured, staff of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging who participated in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

DUNKIRK, N.Y.:-- On September 9, 2017, the Western NY Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Chautauqua County along with over 600 communities nationwide holds this annual event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed down. But what if one day it could? By walking together what if we can make that happen?  Twenty-one years ago in 1996, 64 people walked in the first Chautauqua County Alzheimer’s Walk held in Lily Dale on a wet and rainy day. They walked to make a difference.  Last year more than 300 people walked on a bright, sunny day in support of people who were living with the disease and those who loved and cared for them. We are starting to see the possibilities; we are starting to see the benefits of 20+ years of research.  And some year very soon, we hope to walk rain or shine to celebrate the first survivor. 

Staff at Chautauqua County Office for the Aging was there in 1996 at that first walk and has been each year since then. Team OFA comprised of staff, friends and family will be there on Saturday, September 9 with teams and individuals, young and old from across Chautauqua County as they walk together to make that beautiful day happen.  Each team and each individual have a personal reason to walk.  There are very few people whose lives have not been touched by the Alzheimer’s disease; we are all related to or know of someone who has the disease or cares for a loved one who has it.

“Many have watched as lives have been dimmed or have been lost to the Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Director of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging.  “This year, the OFA will be walking to honor one of our own, Yvonne Jerman.  Yvonne walked with us for many years as she lived graciously and with dignity with Alzheimer’s.  She lost the battle only a month ago and now we will walk for her.”

Individuals are encouraged to join the OFA for the walk or to make a donation.   Individuals and teams can register at, click on Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and Dunkirk Walk. The walk is a fun and easy 1.5 mile walk along the Lake Erie shore and there will be activities and giveaways. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

If you are unable to participate in the walk and would like to make a donation to the OFA team, please contact our office in Dunkirk at (716) 363-3865 and talk with Kate Finch, the OFA Alzheimer’s Walk coordinator.  There is no time to waste-- there are approximately 29.8 million people worldwide with the disease and they are counting on us!


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