More than 50 residents from the Midcoast area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions Sept. 21.

Participants raised more than $7,000 to fund Alzheimer's care, support and research programs.

“I was inspired by the Midcoast area residents uniting in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Bill Kirkpatrick, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter program director. “With funds raised, the Alzheimer’s Association will be able to provide much needed care and support to people affected by the disease as well as fund critically needed Alzheimer’s research.”

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the walk. They learned more about Alzheimer’s disease and the Association’s critical role in the fight against it, including the latest about Alzheimer’s research and current clinical trials, how they can become involved in advocacy efforts at home and in Washington, DC and the Association’s support programs and services. The event also included an emotional tribute ceremony, led by local participants, to honor those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.

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. In Maine alone, there are more than 37,000 people living with Alzheimer’s. For more information or to make a donation visit alz.org/walk.