Jun 11, 2024

The Longest Day: Go Purple for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness

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At Crisp Regional Hospital, we are committed to supporting Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. We understand the profound impact this disease has on individuals, families, and our community. Through education, support, and advocacy, we aim to contribute to a future where Alzheimer’s is a disease of the past. Join us in raising awareness, supporting those affected, and striving for a cure.

In June, the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research, declares Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease, supporting the millions of people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and recognizing the vital support provided by caregivers.

The Longest Day

As a highlight of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association celebrates “The Longest Day” on June 20th. This significant day, the summer solstice, is the longest day of the year. On this day, people worldwide participate in fundraising activities of their choice to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s with the light of awareness and support.

Facts About Alzheimer’s

  • Prevalence: Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for an estimated 60% to 80% of cases.
  • Current Statistics: Over 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million.
  • Mortality: Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the only top 10 cause of death with no known cure.
  • Impact on Seniors: 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The disease kills more people than breast cancer or prostate cancer combined.
  • Age Factor: 1 in 9 people age 65 and older (11.3%) has Alzheimer’s dementia.

Get Involved

During June, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages people worldwide to “Go Purple” and use their brains to fight this devastating disease. There are many ways to get involved with friends, family, and colleagues:

  • Go Purple: Choose a day to wear purple, encourage your family and friends to dress in purple, decorate your office, or host an event to benefit Alzheimer’s research. Many people choose June 20th – The Longest Day – to participate and wear purple.
  • Educational Events: Attend or organize seminars and workshops to educate others about Alzheimer’s disease, its impact, and ways to support affected individuals and their families.
  • Fundraising Activities: Participate in fundraising activities like walks, runs, or social events to raise money for Alzheimer’s research and support services.
  • Social Media: Use your social media platforms to share information about Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, using hashtags like #ENDALZ and #GoPurple to spread awareness.

Remember, every effort counts. By participating in Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, you can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by this challenging disease. Together, we can bring hope and light to the fight against Alzheimer’s.

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