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Alzheimer's fundraiser Saturday

DULUTH — Jason Moore will be there for his dad and everyone else who's had a friend or family member deal with Alzheimer's disease.

Moore, a Norcross businessman and part-time musician, will be part of the band performing at Plantation South senior community in Duluth on Saturday, as part of a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association.

Jason's father Howard is a Plantation South resident battling Alzheimer's.

"What's tragic is it's such a slow process many times," Moore said. "For my father it's been since about (2002 or 2003). It's just been a very slow process and it just gets to you sometimes. It's just like you want to love them and be there."

Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of elderly dementia in the United States, with nearly 5.1 million Americans over 65 affected, the Alzheimer's Association estimates. Current statistics say one out of every eight senior citizens will develop the disease.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the Plantation South community on Duluth Park Lane will host silent auctions, live music and cookouts on its front lawn to help raise money for the fight. It's also a fun event for the residents.

"They love having big events like this in their front yard," said Sarah Biehl, Plantation South's event coordinator. "The families come out and they don't have to go anywhere. They've got hamburgers and hot dogs out there, they can sit there and just people watch, whether it's their grandkids or someone else's. It's a great time for them."

In addition to balloon animals, face painting and moonwalks for kids, Jason Moore's unnamed band of "bored baby boomers" will be there to add to the atmosphere.

"I'm certainly going to support them in anything they do in the cause for memory loss and all the associated things that go with it," he said. "It's tragic."

For more information, call Plantation South at 770-623-0617 or contact Sarah Biehl at scbiehl@gmail.com.