The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting all Maine residents to join the Alzheimer’s Association's Walk to End Alzheimer’s on four different weekends this fall.

The walk will continue and instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association suggests people to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across the state.

This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be on the following Saturdays: Sept. 12 for the Maine Beaches Area, Lakes and Mountains Area, Sept. 26 for the Greater Portland and Northern Maine, Oct. 2 for the Kennebec Valley Area and Oct. 17 for the Eastern Maine and Midcoast Area.

“This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Vice President Wendy Vizek, “The pandemic is changing how we walk, but it doesn’t change the need to walk. This year, more than ever, we need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.”

Components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being replicated. On the walk day, an opening ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons people join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia forms.

A small group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk Day to honor those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

New features are being added to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect. Participants can use the app and new “Walk Mainstage'' to track their steps and distance, follow a virtual walk path, manage their Facebook fundraisers and access information and resources from the Association and Walk sponsors to help those affected by the disease. A new audio track will be available to encourage participants along the way and to congratulate them when they are finished walking.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

“Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we,” explains Maine Chapter Executive Director Drew Wyman, “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held everywhere, and we are working to make sure everyone has a powerful and moving experience. Many of our constituents are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19, so know that we are committed to keeping all involved healthy and safe.”

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit