GREENVILLE— The 2nd Annual Greenville Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held on Saturday in the Greenville City Park.
The event was hosted by Walk to End Alzheimer’s Miami Valley Chapter, which will host four additional walks this year, in Troy, Sidney, Springfield and Dayton.
Prior to the start of the walk, organizers of the walk held a Promise Garden ceremony.
Walk participants chose either a blue, purple, yellow or orange pinwheel flower depending on what their reason for attending the race is.
- Blue means: I have Alzheimer’s/dementia
- Yellow means: I am supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s/dementia
- Purple means: I have lost someone to Alzheimer’s/dementia
- Orange means: I support the cause and the Alzheimer’s Association vision of a world without
The ceremony is an opportunity to unite walk participants for a brief moment prior to the commencement of the walk. They can also write a personal message on the flower to further show their dedication.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Ohio.
The impact of Alzheimer’s is projected to rise. Most recent data shows 220,000 people aged 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s in Ohio, 11.6% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline, 421,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Ohio and that 614 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
These numbers show that a public health approach is necessary to lessen the burden and enhance the quality of life for those living with cognitive impairment and their families.
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
“I want to commend the community for coming out, and walking,” Meg Haist, Development Manager at the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter said. “We recently had some research that was shared at an international conference where they had a 12-month study of people who had mild cognitive impairment. Of the people that exercised, they did not have a decline, compared to people in a controlled group, that saw a decline and were not exercising.”
So far, the Greenville Walk raised over $20,000 with a goal of $23,000. They will continue to fundraise until December 31, 2022.
To donate, click here. For help, or more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline, at 1-800-272-3900. It’s available around the clock, 365 days a year. The free service provides specialists, master’s-level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with dementia, caregivers, families and the public.