Honoring Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day”
My family has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Has yours? Alzheimer’s is one of the nation’s leading epidemics, and chances are that your family has been affected, as well.
Let’s stand together to raise awareness and find a cure for the disease on the Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day” and during June’s Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, including one in nine older Americans — and that statistic is expected to triple in the next 40 years.
Since it is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented or even slowed — the nation needs to begin preparation now.
What can we do? Well starting June 20, 2016 — The Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day” — you can help raise awareness and donate to a great cause. People across the globe will take a stand to show those facing the disease that they are not alone.
Alzheimer Association’s “The Longest Day”
Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that robs loved ones of their memories as the plaque spreads throughout their brains, making strangers of loved ones. Meryl Comer said it perfectly in her interview with us last year:
“Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is not custodial care; it’s very intense, intimate, intimidating and 24/7… If you go back almost 20 years, Alzheimer’s was not a public topic of conversation. The diagnosis envelops you like a dark cloud. You feel helpless and alone. No one is prepared to be handed a diagnosis for which there is no cure. Alzheimer’s deprives the patient and his family of a future.”
So let’s take a stand together on June 20. Grab your friends, do what you love and raise some money to help fund a cure. Examples include:
Let’s participate in The Alzheimer’s Association’s “Longest Day” to show that we care for our loved ones with the disease.
How will you participate in the Longest Day? I, for one, plan on dancing with my children as two of their great-grandmothers have been afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Share a story about how you will participate in the comments below.
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