SF Woman is Taking Steps to End Alzheimer’s After Father’s Death

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Alzheimer’s disease is growing rapidly.

Experts say almost every minute someone else in the United States develops it.

One Sioux Falls woman has made it her mission to help find a cure one step at a time.

“I thought that Alzheimer’s was something that only affected elderly people,” says Christina Moody.

Moody is reminded every day that Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t discriminate when it comes to age.

“My dad was a career air force officer. He worked in contracting afterwards. He was at every sporting event. He was very caring and loving,” says Moody.

Duane, Christina’s father, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s 4 years ago at the age of 62.

“It has no cure. It has no way to slow it down or even to prevent it,” says Leslie Morrow of the Alzheimer’s Association.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of Americans living with the disease is growing fast.

5.7 million Americans are living with it and by 2050, the number is projected to be 14 million.

“I think one of the biggest misconceptions with this disease is they think memory loss is a normal part of aging, and that is not the case. It is not a normal part. This disease is progressive it continues to get worse,” says Morrow.

The Moody family knew something wasn’t normal when Duane started showing symptoms at age 55.

He was diagnosed two years later.

Now a days Christina walks for her dad at the Alzheimer’s walk. A task that wasn’t easy to start.

“At first it was really hard to get involved with it because it was seeing it again and almost reliving pieces of it, but I’ve gotten to the point where maybe my story can help somebody else,” says Moody.

For a disease with no cure this walk is at least one step closer.

“People with Alzheimer’s essentially lose their voice, and I think this is the best way to help them have a voice,” says Moody.

This year’s Alzheimer’s walk is September 15th at Cherapa Place.

If you’re interested in registering, volunteering or donating to the walk click here.

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