On Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:30 am, the SeniorHomes.com team joined hundreds of others in the fight to end Alzheimer's disease in this year's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Seattle. The day was overcast, but it didn't put a damper on the fun!

This year's walk was a two-mile loop around South Lake Union. With children and adults of all ages, and even a few furry friends joining the crowd, the support for continued Alzheimer's research and treatments is truly amazing to witness.

Overall, more than $236,000 has been raised by the Pacific Northwest in support of Alzheimer's disease. Among 178 teams, 1,277 walkers participated in Saturday's event.

Participants were given flower pinwheels to signify their involvement with the cause. Those carrying orange flowers are showing support for the cause, while yellow signifies currently caring for or supporting a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

Purple flowers represent those who have lost a friend or loved one to Alzheimer's disease. And blue flowers signify the brave individuals who are currently living with Alzheimer's. Such a simple concept was incredibly powerful to see.

SeniorHomes.com is proud to contribute to advancing support, research and care for Alzheimer's disease, currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Today, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, and that figure is expected to skyrocket within the next few decades. In 2012, there were 15.4 million Alzheimer's caregivers in the U.S. -- who contributed to more than $216 billion in unpaid care for their friends and loved ones. By the year 2050, the cost of caring for Alzheimer's disease is expected to reach $1.2 trillion.

We hope that you've had -- or have an upcoming -- opportunity to contribute to this worthy cause in your local community. If you've participated in a local Walk to End Alzheimer's, share your event photos with us on Facebook and help spread the word about the need for more funding for Alzheimer's research.