WATERVILLE — The Alzheimer’s Association® invites residents in the Augusta and Waterville area to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Kennebec Valley Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Head of Falls, located on Front Street, according to a news release from the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter.

Nearly 600 Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants plan to complete a 3.5-mile walk and can learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also can 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,” said Laurie Trenholm, executive director, according to the release. “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.”

A display of original signs will be showcased along the 3.5 mile walk route, illustrating the reasons team members are participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. A shorter walk route of 1 mile also is available. Dogs on leashes are welcome and the route accommodates strollers and wheelchairs.

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 dementias in the U.S. In Maine alone, there are more than 27,000 people living with the disease and 69,000 caregivers.

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

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