On June 21, people around the world, including 17 teams in Ann Arbor, participated in The Longest Day, a day dedicated to all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s six leading cause of death. The Longest Day is a year-round effort in which various teams organize and participate in an event of their choosing to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease care, support and research.
Whether it’s choosing a favorite activity, hosting an event or joining a team, participants have ignited a global conversation about Alzheimer’s, the brain and other dementias as part of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in June. Most of the events in Ann Arbor took place on the longest day of the year, symbolizing that everyday is the longest day for people caregiving or living with the disease.
Worldwide, there are an estimated 47 million people living with Alzheimer’s, and more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s nationally. 180,000 are living with the disease in Michigan, and there are an estimated 514,000 Alzheimer’s caregivers, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.
Michigan residents fought back by taking part in activities for the Longest Day. They ranged from private occasions to public events. Local residents were participating by starting or joining a team, or taking part in one of the many family friendly activities in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas this past week.
This Longest Day, Ann Arbor residents held a myriad of public events such as Pilates in the Park, the Hillside Terrace Car Show, Atria Park Barbeque, Book Sales, Open Houses, and Puzzles with Seniors. It was a success that raised $41,000 for the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter as of now, and a great deal of knowledge about the disease.
Donations for The Longest Day can be made until August 31, and those still interested in creating their own team can visit alz.org/thelongestday to register and support the efforts of ending Alzheimer’s with a meaningful activity.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.