It’s estimated that 84,000 Orange Countians are living with Alzheimer’s right now. Every 65 seconds, someone in America develops the disease. There is hope to find a cure, and residents at Morningside of Fullerton are taking steps to help fund research for a brighter tomorrow.
“The impact of Alzheimer’s on our residents and their families and our employees and their families can at times leave them feeling helpless,” said Morningside of Fullerton Sales Manager Liz Nelson. “To have an opportunity to be empowered as a community, even in a small way, to step up to do our part toward finding a cure is amazing.”
On Thursday, June 21, Morningside of Fullerton teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association to “Nustep” against the disease. The community moved one of its NuStep® machines from inside the gym onto the green space for residents and team members to take to the cross trainer and step away Alzheimer’s.Sixty-seven residents and team members signed up for the event, many of whom have loved ones diagnosed with the disease. The community took 72,947 steps on the NuStep machine, which is equivalent to approximately 35 miles.
“This event was a great opportunity for our residents to show their support for the Alzheimer’s Association while doing something that keeps them active and healthy,” said Morningside of Fullerton Fitness Director Dianna Smock, who also organized the event. “Our residents and team members come together like a family here and we’re proud to provide so many activities and amenities that bring us all together for one cause that’s affected so many of us here in one way or another.”
In 2018, the community has set a goal of raising $8,000 for the nonprofit organization this year. Morningside of Fullerton residents and team members will participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 6 in Huntington Beach.