Local marathoner with Alzheimer’s keeps running

Sierra Ridge resident continues to enjoy the passion for jogging
By: Submitted to the Journal
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When some says Alzheimer’s, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it illness, fragility, memory loss, or even sadness? There is a man that is fighting back on what most people think someone with Alzheimer’s can accomplish and he is fighting it subtly. Even in the face of adversity and hiccups caused by Alzheimer’s; he still manages to enjoy his passion for running.

Eugene “Geno” Meyers is a 69-year-old runner who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s seven years ago. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. When his symptoms became too difficult to maintain between him and his wife Cathy Meyers, they decided to move him to Sierra Ridge Memory Care.  

“Geno is a runner,” said Nancy Thompson, director of sales and marketing at Sierra Ridge. “He runs with his running buddy Drew Mathies every Thursday morning.”

Running has always been a passion for Geno. Geno started running while in high school, ran when he was a student at Chico State University, and even met Cathy while running a marathon. He is not just passionate about the sport but has also won awards.

“Geno is in the Athletic Hall of Fame at California State University Chico,” said Cathy. “He is still listed in the top 10 for both the 800 meter and the mile.”

“He’s really an inspiration,” Thompson added. “Sometimes, when I think I can’t do something, or I’m too exhausted to try, I think of Geno, and it gets me back on my feet. His dedication in the face of adversity gives us all hope.”

Sierra Ridge is a retirement community that is dedicated solely to Memory Care. Their signature In the Moment Memory Support Program, is a specialized approach to caring for those with memory loss.