Teams of eight Edward Jones financial advisors and branch office administrators walked portions of the relay-style 3,100-mile walk routes or 5.7 million steps to represent the millions living with Alzheimer's.

MIAMI – Doing more than standing idly by as Alzheimer's disease destroys the health and well-being of many, Miami Edward Jones Financial Adviser, Nathan Horn, was one of many participants in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's last week.

“Our company is walking across America to try to raise awareness and also to find a cure because we know it affects a large number of people not only in the U.S. but also many of our clients, so we want to help in any way that we can,” Horn said during a brief stop on his walk along Miami's Main Street.

Horn's team's 22-mile portion of the transcontinental 16-week walk across 12 states took him from Bluejacket past his Edward Jones office location at 15 1st NE Avenue in Miami. Teams of eight Edward Jones financial advisors and branch office administrators walked portions of the relay-style 3,100-mile walk routes or 5.7 million steps to represent the millions living with Alzheimer’s.

“Me personally, I think I'm up to about five miles today,” he said.

The walk began in the oldest city on each coast: San Diego on July 9 and St. Augustine, Fla., on Aug. 27. It will culminate in St. Louis on Oct. 28 as the final team crosses the stage at Enterprise Center during this year’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraising event.

Alzheimer's disease is an epidemic with currently, more than 5 million Americans affected, a number that is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer's Association. The disease is one of the top ten causes of death in the nation and it cannot be prevented or cured.

One of three seniors will die with dementia or Alzheimer's.

Horn and 18,676 other Edward Jones financial advisers from across the country took part in the walk to raise awareness of Alzheimer's and show support in finding a way to change the course of this disease.

The hope is to end Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Edward Jones served as a National Presenting Sponsor for the walk to “make a difference in people's lives both in and out of the office,” with a financial goal to raise $4 million for the Alzheimer’s Association. As of Monday, 68 percent of the target goal has been achieved by donations.

“We actually have four offices here in town and any one of the offices can get information if anybody needs additional information,” Horn said.

The Alzheimer's Association lists 10 warning signs and symptoms of the disease; memory loss that disrupts daily life, challenges in planning or solving problems, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place, trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships, new problems with words in speaking or writing, misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps, decreased or poor judgment, and withdrawal from work or social activities, and changes in mood or personality.

As he traveled on his walk Horn carried a custom carved walking stick labeled “Diego” made from wood taken from a tree that grew on founder Edward Jones Sr.’s son Ted Jones' farm. The Diego walking stick was named for the western starting point of the Edward Jones sponsored Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's walk in San Diego.

“This started in California and its gone the whole walk. It was passed to each walker,” Horn said.

“There are actually two walking sticks, the other's name is 'Gus' that started in Saint Augustine, Florida. We've got folks coming from both the east and the west and we'll be meeting up in Missouri to go to our home office in St. Louis to wrap up the walk,” Tulsa Edward Jones Financial Adviser and team walker, Cinamon Demuth said.

To learn more, or to donate visit The Alzheimer's Association website at alz.org or call The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline toll-free at 1-844-440-6600.

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.