The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association that is held annually on the summer solstice, June 21st.
For approximately 16 consecutive hours, sunrise to sunset meant to symbolize the challenging journey those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers face every single day, thousands of individuals across the country, including hundreds in Central Virginia, will come together in support of the Alzheimer’s Association mission and efforts and participate in any activity they love, even Triathlons, to honor someone facing the disease.
Registration is simple and can be done online at http://www.alz.org/longestday
After registering, these ‘Team Captains’ will receive everything they need to get started, including fundraising tools, a publicity toolkit, a T-shirt and additional items to promote the event. Since The Longest Day falls on a Sunday this year, they can choose to hold events on either Sunday, June 21 or Monday, June 22 to accommodate their schedule.
Alzheimer’s disease is global epidemic. Worldwide, at least 44 million people are living with the disease, including 130,000 individuals right here in Virginia.
● Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It kills more Americans than diabetes, and more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
● More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050.
● More than 15 million Americans are Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, fulfilling a financially, emotionally and physically draining role.
Whether it’s The Longest Day, or any day of the year, the Alzheimer’s Association is here to help those facing Alzheimer’s disease via our 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) or online at alz.org.
If you have questions about the Longest Day, please feel free to contact the Association at 804-864-3678.