HIGH NOTES: Run/walk for the heart, Alzheimer’s awareness

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In the Capital Region, walkers and runners helped raise more than $507,000 toward a goal of $575,000 through Saturday for the fight against heart disease and stroke as part of the 2021 Capital Region Heart Walk and Run. This year, the walk and 5k run were held remotely, and participants were encouraged to “walk where you are.” Walkers and runners made donations and collected money from family and friends. Runners paid a $30 registration fee for the chance to win awards. The American Heart Association funds research and education about heart disease and stroke and advocates for policies about healthy living. For information about the American Heart Association and its initiatives, visit www.heart.org. Donations to the heart run/walk will be accepted until June 30 at CapitalRegionHeartWalk.org.

In Albany, the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York chapter, is teaming up with the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) for the “Driving Out Alzheimer’s” campaign. Through Friday, CDTA bus operators, technicians and administrative staff will “go purple” to recognize June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. CDTA employees will wear End Alz purple T-shirts, and the CDTA fleet of buses will include digital headway signs and on-board infotainment screens directing those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, as well as their caregivers, to alz.org, according to a press release. Additionally, 20 bus shelters across Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties will remind Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers of local Alzheimer’s Association services. About 6.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 410,000 New Yorkers. Additionally, there are more than 11 million family members and friends providing care to people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

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