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 to recognize the awareness of Alzheimer’s going from the darkness to the light. It is on the summer solstice and dedicated to educating the public about Alzheimer’s. Informing the public and empowering those who are caregivers and families of those who suffer is the purpose.
As a Memory Care Director, The Longest Day is both meaningful and personal to me. My father had Alzheimer’s. Having a special day dedicated to the enlightenment push for a cure for this devastating disease is important. Alzheimer’s affects many families and their abilities to care for loved ones. Let’s remember those caregivers, share our stories, and hope for a cure.
Here at The Township Senior Living Battlefield, MO we are celebrating The Longest Day by releasing butterflies, as a gesture of love and enlightenment. We are asking our resident’s families to join us for the release. We will all be wearing purple, the color that represents Alzheimer’s, and using purple in all of our activities that day.
Our resident’s families are our biggest fans and supporters of Alzheimer’s awareness. They know first-hand how devastating this disease can be. We must continue to support research for a cure and provide education to help those that are affected. Continuous education and training for our caregivers will help them provide the best possible care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
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.