The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is extending weekend hours for its national toll-free helpline.

A Monday release from the foundation said the new weekend hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The change goes into effect on Saturday.

The hotline provides individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers assistance, support and resources. It's staffed by licensed social workers trained in dementia care who can offer tips and provide referrals to local services in a caller's area. 

“No one should have to deal with Alzheimer’s alone, because help and support are available,” said AFA’s President and CEO Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. in the release. “As the number of people with Alzheimer’s continues to grow, so too does the number of caregivers who need support. Expanding our helpline hours is another way we can help families affected by Alzheimer’s in their time of need.” 

The helpline is also available during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Those in need can call 866-232-8484 for assistance.

Resources are also available through live chat, email or Skype on the AFA's website.

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