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Join thousands on city Memory Walk.

Byline: ANDY RICHARDS Content Editor andy.richards@trinitymirror.com

PEOPLE were today urged to unite against dementia by signing up for the Alzheimer's Society Birmingham Memory Walk in Sutton Park.

A total of 3,417 supporters have already registered to take part on September 16.

Janice Le Tellier, Alzheimer's Society operations manager for Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire, said: "Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer.

"We are calling on family and friends to unite against dementia this autumn.

Dementia devastates lives.

"Walk with us at Memory Walk and dementia won't win.

"Every pound raised will help Alzheimer's Society provide information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

"Alzheimer's Society is urgently calling on people to register now at memorywalk. org.uk and unite against dementia."

More than 26,000 people aged over-65 in Birmingham and the Black Country are estimated to be living with dementia.

Last year's event at the smaller location of Cannon Hill Park was attended by 5,000 people, raising more than PS322,000 to help people living with the condition.

People can register for this year's Memory Walk as individuals or as a team. The walk will take place over two distances with options as to undertaking a 3.5 km or 5.5 km route.

FACTFILE | MEMORY Walk aims to raise PS9 million nationally this year and bring together more than 110,000 walkers across the generations | SOMEONE develops dementia in the UK every three minutes.

| OF the top 10 causes of death, dementia is the only one we can't prevent, cure or slow down, but funding of research is far too low. Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity, providing information and support, improved care and research | DEMENTIA devastates lives. Alzheimer's Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia.

| DEMENTIA deaths are rising year on year and 225,000 will develop dementia this year. | ALZHEIMER'S Society has committed to spend at least PS150 million on research over the next decade.

| ALZHEIMER'S Society provides a National Dementia Helpline. The number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers. org.uk

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