Seniors raise money for Alzheimer's Disease with old-fashioned lemonade stand

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Residents at the Brookdale Senior Living Community in Junction City manned an old-fashioned lemonade stand to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The group of seniors wanted to pay it forward Thursday through lemonade and sweet treats.

88-year-old Muriel Johnson said she knows several people affected by the disease.

“I’ve seen a lot of families. In fact, I imagine if you were to ask, every family has some member of their family that has a problem with their memory and it is a sad thing to see it happen to anybody,” Johnson said.

The money raised will go toward the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s later this month in Manhattan.

Brookdale Marketing Director Tammy Elfman said residents felt right at home baking treats.

“Not that most of our residents have Alzheimer’s but a few do. You know it keeps them, this is what they did at home they baked and they had bake sales with their church groups so this was all very familiar to them,” explained Elfman.

Johnson said the disease is hard for many to live with, so she will help wherever she can.

“There seems to be a lot of shame at the fact that you got Alzheimer’s and can’t remember names and faces, places, but it’s something that can’t be helped by people so it’d be nice if we could cure that and a lot of other things if there’s a way of doing it,” Johnson said.

The Alzheimer’s Association said the disease can’t be prevented, cured, or even slowed down.

Johnson has seen it take away the brightest minds.

“It doesn’t make a difference on how well their educated or what their means of life is - everybody gets struck by this," she said. "It hits everybody some way or another - a loved one or some friend or someone you know.”

The Walk to end Alzheimer’s will take place Sept. 22 at City Park in Manhattan. To register for the walk go to Walk to End Alzheimer’s.