According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are more than 20,000 people in Maine that are living with the disease. Support programs and efforts to find a cure through walks being held in Maine and New Hampshire.

The Alzheimer's Association provides support services and programs that include:

  • a 24/7 Helpline
  • Local resources
  • Online tools
  • Early-stage social engagement services
  • Educational programs
  • Safety preparations
  • Support programs

Local services provide face-to-face support groups and resources. Most programs are free of charge and are available in multiple languages.

The number for the 24/7 Alzheimer's Helpline is 800-272-3900. Call them anytime to get reliable information, support and advice. The staff is highly trained and they are there to help you; with referrals, dementia-related education, crisis assistance and much needed emotional support.

The Maine Alzheimer's Association is asking you to take part in their biggest annual fundraiser, The Walk to End Alzheimer's. There are no Alzheimer's survivors, it is a fatal diagnosis, we are working toward finding the first survivor. That requires raising money for research. Find a walk near you here.

The Greater Portland Walk to End Alzheimer's is taking place on September 28th at 8 a.m. at Payson Park. Find more information at alz.org/walk.

Our New Hampshire listeners can participate in the Portsmouth walk on Sunday, September 22nd. The registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at The Little Harbour School in Portsmouth.

You must register to take part in the walk, kids need to register too. Please become a team captain or join a team today!