Two brothers walk 4,828 kilometers to draw attention to people with dementia and depression

Jeff and Rick want to get to Seattle by July. To be in time, they need to overcome 32 kilometers a day. They named their journey Veterans Walk for DAD: Dementia Alzheimers and Depression (literally, "Veterans Walk for DAD: Dementia, Alzheimer and Depression"). But this name has a different meaning: Jeff and Rick travel for the sake of his father (in English - DAD), who died last year. He was a veteran, and by the end of his life he developed dementia.

The brothers collect donations for the Veterans Hospital. You can follow their journey on the page on Facebook .

Two brothers walk 4,828 kilometers to draw attention to people with dementia and depression

Photo: Veterans Walk for DAD Facebook page

According to statistics, every tenth person over 65 has dementia, and in every third case its cause is in of the disease Alzheimer's . Alzheimer's disease remains incurable. Depression is also a serious problem for the elderly.

It is believed that older people are less susceptible to depression than younger people, but the consequences of the disorder are

more severe

. Research has shown that depression in old age worsens heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

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