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Posted: 08/28/2013

BANGORThe Alzheimer’s Association is inviting residents of Eastern Maine to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the 2013 Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 5, 2013 at the Hollywood Casino Raceway at Bass Park in Bangor.

More than 700 people from Eastern Maine are expected at this year’s event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Each walker will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Cliff Singer, Chief of Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry at Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center will have a prominent role in this special tribute as someone who strongly supports a vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

When asked why he supports such a vision he replied, “It’s a succinct statement that drives us to help people and families affected by dementia. It’s that drive that will advance the research and programs that will bring us closer to a world without Alzheimer’s disease.”

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. Funds raised at the Walk will provide care and support services to the more than 37,000 Maine residents of living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research.

Dr. Singer and Acadia Hospital are partnering with the Clinical Research Center at EMMC on a new clinical trial. “I think it’s important for people in Maine to have access to experimental treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Boston and Providence are a long way to go for some people,” said Singer. “Now that the Acadia Hospital’s Geriatric Neuropsychiatry program has momentum, it’s time for us to offer enrollment in clinical trials to Maine’s families.”

Dr. Singer is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine in Orono. He was given a special award in 2005 for his contributions to older adults with dementia and mental illness. He has been voted to the “Best Doctors in America” list every year since 2003 and has made national television and radio appearances speaking on topics related to aging.

For more information about the 2013 Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s or clinical trials visit alz.org/maine or call 800.272.3900.

About the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s:
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  

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