“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, when those whose lives have been touched by memory-impairing diseases come together and raise awareness through education and support. This month includes June 21st, the summer solstice and the longest day of sunshine and light during the calendar year.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect over five million individuals in the United States alone. If we continue this current trajectory, this number is expected to triple by the year 2050. The impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals and those who love them is astounding. Memory, personality, problem solving, safety awareness, decision making, relationships - all these things and more are affected through no fault or choice of the individual. For families, this can feel like a loss that never seems to end.
While dementia is incredibly challenging for everyone involved, there are ways that each one of us can bring light to the darkness.
The Longest Day is June 21st, the day with the most light, otherwise known as the summer solstice. This day is dedicated to bringing awareness to Alzheimer's Disease.
The Longest Day allows us to raise awareness of the dementia diseases affecting our residents. As a Memory Care Director, I can educate others about the disease process, which allows our staff, families, and others to learn how to best navigate through their loved one's journey.
Here at The Madison Senior Living Kansas City, MO we will be celebrating The Longest Day by holding a plant sale fundraiser in Independent Living for staff, residents, and families.
We invite home health companies, hospice companies, families, and all others interested in volunteering in our neighborhood to engage the residents in meaningful events. In the past, we have had families host baking events, crafting events, and even put on mini concerts for our residents.
Let’s join as communities throughout this month to honor, love, and support not only those living with dementia, but their families as well. If your life is personally touched by this disease, we are here for you.