By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A Bay Ridge law firm that specializes in helping elderly clients is organizing a team to take part in the country’s biggest fundraiser for research into a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Representatives from Grimaldi & Yeung, a law firm at 9201 Fourth Ave. will be walking on the Coney Island Boardwalk on Sunday, Sept, 22 as part of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s a nationwide fundraising event. The law firm took part in four previous Walk to End Alzheimer’s events.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place at 9 a.m. The starting point is the Coney Island Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue.
"Each year our firm is proud to walk hand in hand with Brooklyn caregivers and the families of Alzheimer patients who provide such vital care to our neighbors and friends who have Alzheimer and other forms of dementia,” said Judith Grimaldi, partner in the law firm.
“We honor their caring by supporting the Alzheimer’s Association’s search for a cure,” she added.
“This walk is particularly meaningful,” said the law firm’s other partner, Pauline Yueng-Ha. Not only does the event raise money for research, but it also brings public awareness to the struggles faced by caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, she said.
“There is tremendous support from the community and an abundance of resources available for them. Once a year as a reminder, we are able to let our clients, families and friends know that they are not alone,” Yueng-Ha said.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s support, care and research. The walk is held each year in more than 600 communities across the country.
An estimated 5.1 million Americans, the vast majority of them senior citizens, suffer from Alzheimer's, according to another advocacy organization, the Alzheiner's Foundation of America. The foundation estimates http://www.alzfdn.org/AboutAlzheimers/statistics.html that many more cases will develop over the next several decades, since the population of Americans over the age of 65 is set to double by the year 2050. The population of Americans ov e the age of 85 is expected to triple.
The goal of the Alzheimer’s Association in addition to funding research, is to provide and enhance care and support for all the affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health, according to the organization’s website.
Visit www.alz.org for information on how on to register for the Grimaldi & Yueng team or make a donation.