Since being diagnosed with dementia much has changed to Klaus and Trudy Kotzian's lives.
But one thing remains constant, their passion for being active.
Whether hiking, skiing, cycling, sailing, traveling or volunteering in their communities, making the abandoned Kettle Valley Rail Canada – the couples 54-year marriage has been defined by their love of physical activity.
"Since it started with Klaus, I'm the one who has changed the most," says Trudy, who keeps herself grounded through attending yoga classes and line dancing weekly. "You have to take time for yourself and renew, so you have the energy to back up and take care of your partner."
The couple, who are the honor for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's and now attendance Minds in Motion, the Alzheimer's Society of B.C.'s social and fitness program for people in early stages of dementia and a care partner.
They are known to be living with dementia.
The Walk for Alzheimer’s event provides an opportunity to remember or honor people in our lives who have been touched by dementia, while fundraising to support those living with disease. Funds raised at the walk will help enable Alzheimer Society of B.C. support and education in Penticton and help facilitate research into the causes of disease, so we can look towards a world without dementia.
For a limited time, people who support this event can make twice the difference. For every gift made online to the walk in B.C. before April 14, an extremely generous donor has pledged to match donations up to a total of $ 100,000.
If you are living with dementia or know someone else who is, you can show your support for them by registering for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's. The fundraiser in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. takes place at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.
To double your impact and support, like Klaus and Trudy Kotzian, who are on the journey, register at www.walkforalzheimers.ca today.
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