Join us as we go purple in June! June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which gives us the space we need to have important conversations about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other diseases related to the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of death, and there is no treatment, cure, or way to slow down the disease. We all have a brain, which means no one is immune to these diseases and we need to come together to raise awareness and fund research to find a cure.
According to the Alzheimer’s Organization, approximately 47 million individuals have Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Without actionable steps toward finding a cure or effective treatment to slow the disease, those numbers are expected to grow to 76 million by the year 2030. No matter your age, you can show support for individuals who have been diagnosed with a brain disease, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease.
The Longest Day is the day we see the most light all year, and it falls on the summer solstice each year. This year, The Longest Day is on June 20. Individuals can show support for Alzheimer’s disease on this day by starting the fight on the day with the most light. We may be forced to show support a little differently this year because of social distancing, but there are still many ways to show support on June 20. You can participate in a fundraising event, host a Zoom party with games, karaoke, and trivia, complete a virtual arts and crafts class, or complete a workout challenge to raise money for the cause. Make your favorite purple treat, and invite people to make donations to the cause in exchange for teaching them to make the recipe.
The month of June is the perfect time to host a Purple with Purpose event or express love and kindness on The Longest Day. You may even decide to spend your time recruiting members for your Walk to End Alzheimer’s team! If you want to learn more, get started here.