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, the summer solstice, is the day with the most sunlight. The Longest Day represents awareness, education, and shines “light” to those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.
As a Memory Care Director, The Longest Day is meaningful to me. It allows us to come together to advocate, support, and care for those who live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This day brings us together to share stories about our own experiences, and honor those who live with dementia or care for someone with dementia every day.
Here at VITALIA Active Adult Community® – Rockside Seven Hills, OH we are celebrating The Longest Day with “Pieing in the Face!” It should be a lot of fun and bring lots of laughs.
Individuals can support our Neighborhood simply by just stopping by. Making memories with our residents, attending our dementia seminars, and showing support to our staff and family members are just some ways people can support our Neighborhood.
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.