Alzheimer's Awareness: 'The Longest Walk'

EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) - El Paso's renowned historian, Leon Metz, was a man of many stories, but now barely speaks due to the effects of Alzheimer's Disease.

The 87-year old lives in the Guillen Veterans Home. His wife Cheryl of 47 years says she first saw the signs two years ago.

"Leon started repeating himself. Leon had never repeated the same question over and over again," said Cheryl.

She led the support group at the veterans home where Leon now lives and says it's the caregiver who will have to push for a definitive diagnosis.

"The best advice that I ever received was from one of the nurses when we first started. She said, "you come in, you tell them you love them and you set the tone for the visit." and that works a lot of times and so," said Cheryl.

The 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' is Saturday at Sunland Park Race Track.

The goal is to raise $175,000. There is no registration fee, organizers just encourage donations.




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