ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County Aging Services is looking to make more residents “dementia friendly.”

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HAMLET — The Dixon family is all too familiar with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Their patriarch, 81-year-old Hayden Dixon, was first diagnosed in 2011 at the age of 74.

His son Darin said the experience is like a rollercoaster.

“(There are) some good days, some not-so-good days,” he said. “We never say ‘bad.’”

Darin Dixon said the disease has progressed more in the past year and his father is now in stage six of seven and is under total care 24-7.

About 40 members of the family, with purple T-shirts denoting them as the Dixon Ramblers, joined with more than 100 others others Saturday for the inaugural Alzheimer’s Walk Fundraiser, sponsored by the Richmond County Dementia Capable Action Team, at Cole Auditorium Saturday morning.

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