Alzheimer’s. It is almost unheard of these days to talk to someone whose family has not been affected by this disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death, with 5.4 million people having the disease. Someone is diagnosed every 68 seconds.
On Saturday, September 14, join with thousands of individuals, nationwide, for the annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Longview Walk will take place at Heritage Plaza, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the program at 9:30 a.m.
As a member of the Alzheimer’s Board of Greater Dallas, the founding member of the East Texas Alzheimer’s Advocacy Council, and an East Texas Committee Chair, Mrs. Nelda Strong is serving once again as chair of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She hopes her involvement will help raise both awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, research, and education.
“My particular involvement in the Alzheimer’s Association is to honor my husband, Jack, who is a person with the disease,” Mrs. Strong said. “It was, and is, his desire to break the stigma of Alzheimer’s and to elevate awareness.”
In addition to her dedication and commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mrs. Strong has served on the board of directors for The Martin House at the Children’s Advocacy Center.
“I grew up with a father, Louis Grigsby, who took great pride in the future of Longview, and I would like to think that I am honoring his legacy by serving and giving to my hometown,” Mrs. Strong said.
Mrs. Strong is a lifelong member of the Longview community. She graduated from Longview High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She and her husband, Jack, have been married 24 years and have six adult children and 15 grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Strong attend First United Methodist Church.
“The people in Longview have made Jack’s and my journey with the disease so easy,” Mrs. Strong said. “People in businesses have helped him maintain his dignity by assisting with banking, doctor visits, merchants, and restaurants. He is accepted and accommodated on every level. We are so richly blessed.”
For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please call 903-291-1720, or visit www.alzeasttx.org.