55-Year-Old Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Disease

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Thirty years ago, Gene Richardson started Arrow Towing and Recovery. He owned and operated the company and had pride in his business and himself.

At age 55, Gene was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

“He knows partially that this has happened to him. A lot of people say ‘Oh, you have it bad,’ but think how he has it. He has no thought process right now,” Diane Richardson, Gene’s wife, said.

The Alzheimer’s Association has been helpful to the Richardsons with support groups, education and in-home adult care.

“They never tell you they’re too busy, even though you know they are. You could just sit there and talk to their help-line specialists forever,” Diane said.

This Saturday, more than 800 people will gather at the Sedgwick County Zoo for this year’s “Memory Walk” to help make life easier for those with Alzheimer’s and their families.

Admission to the zoo is free. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and the one-mile walk begins at 10 a.m.

Rene Steven and Susan Peters will be hosting a giveaway at the event.

Click here for more information or to register online for Saturday's event.

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