The Longest Day of the year is June 21, 2017.
The Longest Day is all about love. Love for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. On the summer solstice the Alzheimer’s association asks that we select any activity we love or an activity loved by those affected to help to end Alzheimer’s. The purpose is to raise awareness and much needed funds for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. Activities can be team oriented or solo. Make it a team effort, help spread awareness and have some fun with others. For more information on activities follow this link.
Some facts about Alzheimer’s:
- Worldwide 47 million people are living with dementia
- The annual global cost of dementia is $818 billion.
- By 2030, 75 million people will be living with dementia
- Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US
- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s
- 9 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the US
- In the US, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds
- In 2016, 15.9 million American caregivers provided and estimated 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $230 billion
- In 2017, Alzheimer’s will cost the US $259 billion. This number is expected to rise to over $1 trillion by 2050.
Please do what you can to help with the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.