Jean’s Insider Scoop on San Diego’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s


Want to do something to support research for an Alzheimer’s cure but aren’t sure what?

Consider joining a fun team of men and women for San Diego’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s! It’s Love 2 Live Care’s human resources administrator Jean Woitas SEVENTH time participating and this year she’ll be team leader for the first time.  Love 2 Live office staff members as well as many of our caregivers will be walking and we’re still looking for more to join us!

The details:

What: Walk 5K for the Love 2 Live Care Services team and get a purple t-shirt!

Where: Balboa Park/Hillcrest Area

When: October 17, 2015, 7:00 a.m.

Why?    Jean joined the San Diego Walk to End Alzheimer’s because like many participants the disease touched her family and she sought a way to make a difference. Her father struggled with the disease for years before finally succumbing to it. She not only watched her father’s sweet personality change, she watched her mother make sure he had company, activity and meaning nearly every day. Jean, too, provided much of the care for her father. While in the past she’s mostly participated on teams, this year she’s volunteered as team leader with a goal of personally raising $1,000. She hopes the team can raise $5,000.

Jean enjoys the walk for many reasons. First, the camaraderie of others impacted by Alzheimer’s heals in an indescribable way. Sharing stories take her back to her father’s happy days as well as the sad ones, allowing her a chance to dwell with these memories. The speakers at the beginning of the event–either a Padre, a celebrity or government official–shares his or her experiences, demonstrating how Alzheimer’s Disease affects people of all classes. Not even the most wealthy or connected have good answers yet.

The walk through Hillcrest and Balboa Park gives each walker a chance to talk with old and new friends while taking in the lovely architecture and the park’s unique landscaping. The different colored t-shirts allow people to identify those who’ve shared their experiences. Purple indicates you’ve lost someone to the disease. Blue t-shirt wearers have the disease, and yellow t-shirt wearers care for someone who has the disease. Participants make connections easily because the t-shirts make commonalities immediately clear.

After the walk, participants wander the sponsor booths. Home Care agencies, memory care units and healthcare organizations provide free literature and other giveaways. Food trucks keep hungry walkers strong. You’ll be home by noon feeling physically and mentally great!

Please join us . . .

Sign up for Jean Woitas’ Love 2 Live Walk to End Alzheimer’s page here! 


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