June 21st is the summer solstice. And as the longest day of the year, the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting an annual worldwide event aimed at taking on Alzheimer’s disease in its aptly named global event, The Longest Day.
Nearly every American family has been touched by Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Loved ones from every walk of life have been affected by the disease. The Longest Day is an opportunity for anyone to get involved and do something fun to help.
The event will raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and help support those who care for people who are living with the disease. It’s also about raising needed funding for research and support, as there is currently no known cure. Virginians are no exception to the citizens getting involved, and you can learn more here!
Alzheimer’s spares no country or particular people. More than 47 million people are believed to suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia, and by 2030 that figure is expected to skyrocket to a stunning 75 million people – or nearly twice as many people living in the state of California. More than 5 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s in the United States. It’s also the sixth leading cause of death. In 2018, domestic costs associated with the disease are expected to top $277 billion.
It is truly an epidemic. But not one without champions – like you.
Anyone from virtually anywhere can join The Longest Day festivities. Participants are encouraged to get involved to honor caregivers, those living with Alzheimer’s, or someone you’ve lost to the disease.
Step 1: Sign up at The Longest Day website and select an activity. It could swimming, scrapbooking or something a loved one with Alzheimer’s enjoyed doing.
Step 2: Pick a way to participate. Join a team, host an event or register as an individual.
Step 3: Raise funding for a cure and support. Tools, tips and advice are available online from event organizers.
Step 4: Plan your day. Send invitations to family, friends and co-workers. Organize any needed supplies. Post pictures online and have fun with it.
Step 5: Celebrate. You are actively part of a global movement to do something positive about Alzheimer’s disease. Feel great about it.
The Longest Day is an opportunity to come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity. If you need help with this, or any elder law or estate planning issues you are facing, do not hesitate to contact our firm for more information!