NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 at JIM's Place, 228 W. High Ave., New Philadelphia. Check in is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

The Geib family of New Philadelphia is the 2015 Honoree Family and will be recognized for their strong support of the Alzheimer's Association and its mission. They will participate in the opening ceremony and share information about their family's journey with Alzheimer's disease.

The Geib family is involved with the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Rich and Lois Geib. Rich and Lois spent their lifetime watching what they ate, except for some occasional desserts and chocolates! They enjoyed walking hand-in-hand throughout the community on their six-mile walks. They stayed involved with their friends, church, and social events. Anne Geib describes her grandparent's challenges of Alzheimer's disease beginning as many individuals experience; a loss of a thought here, a duplicate question there. Before long, things escalated to experiences that would cause the family members witnessing the progression of the disease to cry or try to find humor in the challenging moment. The Geib family remains united in being a voice for this disease and supports the mission of the Alzheimer's Association.

Walk to End Alzheimer's, held annually in more than 600 communities, is more than a walk. It is an inspiring and meaningful experience that calls on participants of all ages to share their voice as an advocate, walk in honor of their loved ones and help raise awareness of programs and services available to families affected by Alzheimer's.

Also included in the event is the Promise Garden, a hands-on, mission-focused element of the Walk to End Alzheimer's calling for participants to keep their promises to remember, to honor, to care and to fight Alzheimer's disease. The four colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent the experience of the individual walk participant.

Alzheimer's disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease will rapidly escalate increasing well beyond today's more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's.

The Greater East Ohio Area Chapter provides education, guidance, referral information and support for the 60,000 people with Alzheimer's and 250,000 caregivers in the service area.

Those interested in participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's may register online at alz.org or by calling 330-650-0552. There is no cost to sign up; however, walkers are encouraged to seek donations from family members, friends, co-workers and other contacts. Those unable to attend may make donations to specifically support the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

For information, visit alz.org or call Bernadette Duffy, Development administrator, at 330- 650-0552-or e-mail bduffy@alz.org.

About the Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement or research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. The Greater East Ohio Chapter offers support to individuals and their families through a wide variety of direct services and program. For information on the Alzheimer's Association, call 1-800-272-3900, or visit www.alz.org/akroncantonyoungstown.