The Nelson Celtic Pipe Band leads the way as hundreds honour the victims of dementia at the 2018 Memory Walk. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Walk to remember through Isel Park

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Memory is precious and Nelsonians know it.

More than 100 locals strolled around Isel Park in glorious sunshine on Saturday to remember and support the sufferers of dementia at the 2018 Memory Walk.

The Nelson Celtic Pipe Band led the purple army including children on scooters and seniors with walkers around the scenic route.

Nelson Alzheimer’s Society committee member Margaret Knight has been involved in fighting the disease for almost thirty years.

“We have the memory walk to remember those who have and have had Alzheimer’s.”

A memory tree was placed in the church to honor those who have died because of the disease.

“It’s a nice friendly happy day and we have a beautiful day for it.”

Margaret first joined the committee in the 1980s.

“I had a friend who started the Alzheimer’s Society, her mother had it and when she moved here she wanted to join a group but there wasn’t one.”

Nelson mayor Rachel Reese says it was a stunning day to be in Stoke acknowledging the sufferers and their supporters.

“There will not be a family in Nelson who has not been touched by Alzheimer’s we all have friends and family members who are working their way through life with Alzheimer’s.”

Alzheimer’s New Zealand has projected rates of dementia, which were growing, to hit 2.9per cent of the population by 2050.

Around 70,000 Kiwis are currently living with dementia today and that’s expected to be over 170,000 by 2050.

Rachel says the key to fighting it is a caring community.

“That is one that is an inclusive community, a caring community is one where everyone has the opportunity to age in a place surrounded by the things that they know, that makes a huge difference.”

She says that the community is in debt to the Nelson Alzheimer’s Society for for everything they do.

“The amazing support that this foundation does for families in our community, they are just such wonderful people.”