World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds
dementia.The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatization and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a
global problem. September 2020 will mark the 9th World Alzheimer’s Month. (From Alzheimer’s Disease International)
In our corner of the world, there are currently more than 28,000 people in Maine living with Alzheimer’s disease, and over 69,000 family and friends are providing care, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter . Fortunately, there are resources available to help those affected by this disease and their caregivers. The Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offers “education and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias throughout our community, including those living with the disease, caregivers, health care professionals and families” (from www.alz.org/maine ). Other resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association include:
● The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline (1-800-272-3900) operates 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, in 140 languages.
● Care Consultation offered by professional staff to help people living with Alzheimer’s and
● Community Resource Finder provides a listing of Alzheimer’s and dementia resources,
community programs and events.
● Virtual support groups and online message boards to connect family and caregivers to
others affected by Alzheimer’s.
● Virtual Library with online educational programs and publications to learn more about
Alzheimer’s and Dementia.