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Honoring the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Longest Day”

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenMay 31, 2019

Last Updated: May 31, 2019

My family has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Has yours? Alzheimer’s is one of the country’s leading epidemics and chances are, your family has been affected as well.

Let’s stand together to find a cure and raise awareness for the disease on the Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day” and during June’s Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

Alzheimer’s Awareness

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States — and that statistic is expected to double in the next 30 years.

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Since Alzheimer’s is 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 preparing now. But what can we do?

Starting June 21, 2019 — on the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Longest Day” and the summer solstice — you can help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and donate to a great cause. That day, many people across the U.S. and world will take a stand to show those facing the disease that they are not alone.

The Alzheimer Association’s “Longest Day”

Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that robs loved ones of their cognitive skills and memories as Alzheimer’s plaque spreads throughout their brains, making strangers of loved ones. The Longest Day exists for family members, friends and those touched by Alzheimer’s to show support for parents and senior loved ones with the disease.

Meryl Comer, seasoned broadcast journalist and President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative, shared this sentiment in an interview with A Place for Mom:

“…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 alone and helpless. No one is prepared to be handed a diagnosis for which there is no cure.”

So let’s take a stand together on June 21.

Get your family and friends together to do what you love and raise some money to help fund a cure for the disease.

Some examples of Longest Day activities that you can participate in include:

  • Bowling
  • Crafting
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Gardening
  • Hiking
  • Partying
  • Performing

You can find more information about participating in The Alzheimer’s Association’s “Longest Day” here.

How will you participate in the Longest Day? We’d like to hear your plans and stories about how you will participate in the comments below.

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