This past weekend we celebrated the Summer Solstice, which marked the longest hours of daylight for 2019. Often this day includes fun outdoor festivities such as a BBQ or a day on the lake, but the Summer Solstice means more than a brat washed down with a Spotted Cow.

The Summer Solstice is an opportunity to stop and remember those who live with Alzheimer’s and dementia and the individuals who care for them on a daily basis. Thousands of people from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s. Money raised goes towards benefiting those affected by Alzheimer’s disease directly in your community, whether that’s through in-person support groups, awareness and advocacy, or new research opportunities.

Alzheimer’s and dementia effects 50 million people worldwide and the annual global cost of care is $818 billion. In the United State specifically, more than 5 million people are living with the disease and more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Every dollar raised is dedicated to helping all of these individuals.

While the sun has set on The Longest Day, the rest of June still marks the end of Alzheimer’s & Brain Health Awareness Month. Check out the Alzheimer’s Association website to see the amazing activities that took place on The Longest Day or look for future ways you can get involved.


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