As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.Mary Anne Radmacher
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, when those whose lives have been touched by memory-impairing diseases come together and raise awareness through education and support. This month includes June 21st, the summer solstice and the longest day of sunshine and light during the calendar year.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect over five million individuals in the United States alone. If we continue this current trajectory, this number is expected to triple by the year 2050. The impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals and those who love them is astounding. Memory, personality, problem solving, safety awareness, decision making, relationships – all these things and more are affected through no fault or choice of the individual. For families, this can feel like a loss that never seems to end.
While dementia is incredibly challenging for everyone involved, there are ways that each one of us can bring light to the darkness.
The Longest Day is about fighting and fundraising, as well as spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s. It is held on June 21st, the summer solstice.
This day is so meaningful to me as a Memory Care Director because it allows us to really show the meaning of Alzheimer’s. It also gives us, as a community, an opportunity to share knowledge and advocate for the residents.
Here at Cedar Trails Senior Living Freeburg, IL we are celebrating The Longest Day with all staff wearing purple and having an open house for our Neighborhood. We are inviting all the resident’s families to come celebrate with us.
We invite families to come in and help with activities or just sit and chat with the residents. Family and friends are always welcome at Cedar Trails.
Let’s join as communities throughout this month to honor, love, and support not only those living with dementia, but their families as well. If your life is personally touched by this disease, we are here for you.