A conference in Bangor Friday highlighted the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in Maine.
About 100 people affected by dementia, including patients, caregivers and doctors, attended the event.
It was hosted by the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Organizers say at least 37,000 people are officially diagnosed with dementia in our state.
But they know that doesn’t include everyone with the disease.
Bill Kirkpatrick, the program director for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association says, “There’s a lot of stigma associate with Alzheimer’s Disease and there’s a lot of fear, so people often don’t seek a diagnosis or don’t come forward. It’s a very isolating disease for both the person with dementia and their family. But more and more people are reaching out and part of our role is to raise concern and awareness across the state.”
They also want people to know about all of the resources out there to help patients and their families.
They say the best way to do that is to call the Alzheimer’s Association National Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.
It’s answered 24 hours a day.