The Longest Day Honors Those Facing Alzheimer's



Photography provided by Alzheimer's Association

To honor the strength, endurance and passion of those facing Alzheimer’s every day, thousands of Americans will participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day® 2016 on Monday, June 20, the longest day of the year in the Western Hemisphere.

The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset team event held on the summer solstice to recognize those facing Alzheimer’s disease and to raise awareness about a disease that is currently the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease in the top 10 without an effective prevention, treatment or cure.

Self-organized teams across the globe 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. Teams conduct activities of their choice for 16 hours of daylight in order to raise public awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

Last year, nearly 2,2 00 teams, including 29 teams in Greater Cincinnati, participated in The Longest Day, many honoring a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s. Local teams raised more than $42,000 in support of Alzheimer’s research.

Among the local teams that participated last year included:

  • The Hearts and Stars of Warren County team performed dancing and aerobic activities at the Warren County Community Services
  • The staff and residents of the Kenwood by Senior Star conducted a day-long walk-a-thon
  • The EndAlz Sessions team played music from their home garage in Cincinnati
  • Members of the Cincinnati Bridge Association and Northern Kentucky Bridge Association played bridge throughout the day.

Alzheimer’s disease is a global epidemic and the costliest disease in the United States.  Currently, more than 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. In addition, an estimated 15 million Americans are Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, fulfilling a financially, emotionally, and physically draining role.

The Longest Day is a creative event to help raise awareness and funds that support local programming and research efforts. For people facing Alzheimer’s disease, the challenge is every day. For those participating in The Longest Day, it’s just one, but it sends a powerful message of support. 

For more on The Longest Day, or to form a team, contact Jane Still at (513) 721-4284 or jstill@alz.org or visit: alz.org/thelongestday.