It's a problem that's expected to grow worse as our population continues to age.
That's why Sen. Angus King hosted a roundtable discussion Friday at the Bangor Public Library.
He was joined by Alzheimer's researchers from Jackson Lab, advocates and medical professionals to talk about the state and national efforts underway to fight the disease and to help those who are living with it.
"It's the sixth leading cause of death in the country for which there is no cure, no prevention, nothing much in the way of being able to stop it," King said. "So what we're talking about today is what's on the horizon, what the research looks like, how families can cope with it. What are the assets we have. It's a very serious problem, i know few people and families in maine that aren't effected by it."
A representative from the Alzheimer's Association was also there.
Laurie Trenholm says we've seen decreases in other major diseases when dollars are put toward treatments and research.
She says research is where the hope is and we need to continue to make alzheimer's a national health priority.