Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia, is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills over time. Usually appearing in people age 65 or older, current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing. Treatment can only temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Currently, 47 million people worldwide are living with dementia. The Longest Day is an event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. In 2016, The Longest Day was held on June 20.
Tried and True Home Care Services spent time at Grace Place Alzheimer’s Activity Center playing games and socializing with people in the Alzheimer’s community. It was amazing getting to talk to these people and make them smile. We played Uno, Connect Four, Jenga, and Bingo. I taught a woman to play Uno and watching her face light up when she won made my whole day a success.
“Though those with Alzheimer’s might forget us, we as a society must remember them” -Scott Krischenbaum.