WATERTOWN, Mass., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research shows that what's good for the heart and cardiovascular system is also good for the brain, according to the Alzheimer's Association. The "Run for the Memory" team has been braving cold temperatures to get in shape for the Boston Marathon(R) on April 19, and team organizers are encouraging others to keep in shape as well.
"There's no question that keeping physically, mentally and socially active may help delay the onset of Alzheimer's symptoms," said James Wessler, President & CEO Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. "The runners on our official Run for the Memory team not only raise money to fight this disease, they are also setting high standards for a healthy lifestyle."
The Run for the Memory team, coached by experienced marathoner Rich Schilder of Belmont, holds training runs and informational seminars year 'round. They invite the public to join them on a Saturday run, or attend a seminar to learn more about nutrition and fitness issues. The team's schedule and information can be found at www.alz.org/MANH.
Alzheimer's strikes every 70 seconds, with some 5.3 million Americans now living with the fatal disease. Although most prevalent with those over age 65, the disease can occur significantly younger. There are limited treatments and no cure. The Alzheimer's Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research - with the help of programs like Run for the Memory. Since its inception, the Run for the Memory Team has raised more than $1.1 million. Members compete in marathons in New York City, Chicago and Boston, half-marathons, triathlons, and relay races. The program is growing. Run for the Memory is adding two new races to the existing calendar this year, including the Run 2 Remember on May 30, 2010 and participation in the Max Performance triathlon series.
The Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH provides support groups, professional training, educational programs for families, care consultation and 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 as well as research funding. Information on the Run for the Memory Team and other programs is at www.alz.org/MANH.
Team Members for Boston:
Erin Alcott: Upton, MA
Jon Ashner: Waban, MA
Jennifer Beale: Littleton, MA
Michael Bonfonti: Londonderry, NH
Ed Cederholm: Weymouth, MA
Louise Corliss: Wayland, MA
Paul Crocetti: Watertown, MA
Vincent Devoe: Pompano Beach, FL
Anne Donohue-Rolfe: Somerville, MA
Jessica Dunn: Jamaica Plain, MA
Dale Granger Eckert: Newburyport, MA
Dale Eckert: Newburyport, MA
Judith Flynn: Hingham, MA
Leslie Garrett: Boston, MA
Brian Hsia: New York, NY
Peter Jarvis: Milton, MA
Maureen Lamie: Quincy, MA
Jane Lizotte: Shrewsbury, MA
Michael McGrail: Mashpee, MA
Kelly Mullen: Tampa, FL
Erika Mullen: Somerville, MA
Brenna Newfell: Brookline, MA
Matthew O'Connor: Hopkinton, MA
Michael O'Connor: Melrose, MA
Patricia Reske: Westborough, MA
Cathleen Roughan: Pepperell, MA
Emilie Schwager: San Diego, CA
Edmund Taglieri: Arlington, MA
Charlie Vanasse: Westfield, MA
John Yahres: East Longmeadow, MA
SOURCE Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter