LEWISTON — The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Lewiston area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Lakes & Mountains Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

It will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, at Simard-Payne Memorial Park, 46 Beech St.

More than 400 Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will complete a 2.5 mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants will also join in a tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a family-friendly, fun social event that helps us raise awareness and funds to one day achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s,” Executive Director Laurie Trenholm said. “It is an uplifting and inspiring day that shows support for those living with Alzheimer’s and gives a strong message of hope to find answers about this disease and ultimately a cure.”

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia in the U.S. In Maine alone, there are more than 28,000 people living with the disease and 69,000 caregivers.

People may sign up as a team captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

For information, visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900.

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