This Wednesday, June 21, marks the summer solstice - the longest day of the year. It also marks a day surrounding love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer's disease. For those suffering from or caring for someone with Alzheimer's, some days can feel like the most grueling experiences. This movement, #TheLongestDay, was created to serve as a reminder to people that they are not in it alone. There are millions of others that are in the same boat, dealing with the same horrible disease, and continuing to fight against it in whatever way they can. This day is about doing something to honor the person(s) this disease has affected. It's about doing something fun, celebrating love, and raising awareness (and money) for organizations like The Alzheimer's Association. I urge you to look into this further and doing an activity of some sort that encompasses all of this.
Since my dad was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in 2012, my family and I have been greatly involved with the Alzheimer's Association. My parents are amazing advocates that have been speakers at events and panels, and recently went to the State Capitol to meet with legislatures to speak out about the importance of funding for the Alzheimer's Association. Together, we have participated in and raised money for the Walk to End Alzheimer's over the past four years. The second year we attended the Walk, I wanted to document the event as best I could - feeling so humbled and grateful for all those people who donated to our cause - so I created a Thank You video. Looking at it now, I think it's time to create an updated version of it, encompassing all the other achievements my parents have accomplished since then. Until the next Walk, however, please enjoy the video, continue to spread awareness for the Alzheimer's Association (donate to the organization!), and share with others your experience on #TheLongestDay.
For more information, please check out http://www.alz.org.