OXFORD — The Oxford Hills Duplicate Bridge Club will participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day bridge fundraiser June 21.

The event, one of thousands being held across North America, is a sunrise-to-sunset team effort to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing the disease.

“It is important because keeping your mind active is one way to combat the disease. Plus, if you don’t play bridge, you can make a contribution to research to find a way to slow down or stop this insidious disease that affects so many of our seniors as well as their caretakers,” organizer Pat Quinn of Oxford said.

The games will be at 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center on King Street. Meals will be provided.

Last year, more than 100 bridge players raised $6,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association at a tournament at the Oxford Community Hall. All the money goes toward Alzheimer’s research

“We hope to better our record this year,” Quinn said.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual disabilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. It has no cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

The American Contract Bridge League, with its 3,200 bridge clubs across North America, is the inaugural partner of The Longest Day.

Dozens of people from all over Oxford Hills, the Lewiston-Auburn area and beyond play at each game.

Quinn can be reached at [email protected] or at 207-539-8991.

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