On Friday, June 21, the Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter, invites everyone to honor those living with Alzheimer’s disease and take one day to make a difference.
The Longest Day ® is an event scheduled to take place on the longest day of the year - the summer solstice - that offers 16 hours of daylight from sunrise to sunset. The Association chose that day in recognition of caregivers, who spend every day from sunrise to sunset and into the night providing care for someone they love who is living with Alzheimer’s.
Self-organized teams will unite in 16 hours of consecutive activity and commit to raising awareness and funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association of Utah. Participants can swim, run, ride or walk. Organize a tennis, soccer, basketball or volleyball tournament. Art aficionados can plan a day of painting and pottery. Card sharks can host a rummy or bridge game. Last year, a team rocked in rockers on the porch of a restaurant for 16 hours.
Each team will complete in an activity of their choosing and are invited to register online at www.thelongestday.alz.org.
“The Longest Day offers us an opportunity to give up one day to raise money, awareness and an understanding of this disease,” said Jack Jenks, executive director Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter. “Teams will show people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias who are impacted by the disease that we’re all united in the cause.”
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its 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. For more information, visit www.alz.org/utah