Classic cars spark memories and raise funds for 2nd annual Drive to End Alzheimer’s event
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Most of us may remember our first car, our grandparents’ car, or what we drove in to get to work. Yet how can a car actually help your memory when you have Alzheimer’s disease? Green Bay’s annual Drive to End Alzheimer’s event combines car nostalgia with dementia research.
A colorful collection of cars roamed the streets of Green Bay on Sunday morning August 22, not only to take advantage of the beautiful weather, but in hopes of remembering the days gone by for residents of memory care facilities.
“We of course know that in many memory care facilities and other facilities, residents cannot go out for events or come for a tour, or do different things,” Kathryn Gardner, Director of Administration and events at The Automobile. Gallery, says. “So, we said, let’s bring the party to them.”
The vehicle fleet for the 2nd annual On the Road to End Alzheimer’s Disease visited approximately 35 memory care facilities along the way. In addition, funds were raised through registration and a 50/50 raffle to donate to the Alzheimer Association. The Wisconsin chapter offers care consultations, support groups and fundraising to help find a cure.
“They’ve done a lot of research and a lot of studies have shown that different things trigger memories,” said Cari Josephson, director of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease for the Northern Wisconsin’s Alzheimer’s Association. “There has been a lot of talk about music, but the same thing happens with old cars as well. I know that often these different groups will visit The Automobile Gallery. We kind of bring the tour to them.
“It’s amazing,” Gardner said. “They remember these cars. They light up. They start to talk about different things. Even the people who come from the organization are just surprised at how well they remember the cars. “
Starting in September, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease season is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and raise funds for Alzheimer’s disease. The Green Bay Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease will be held on September 25 at Johnsonville Tailgate Village near Lambeau Field. If you would like to register for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease at a location near you, you can visit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease website by clicking here.
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