June is right time to fight Alzheimer’s

If you have a brain, you can be affected by the degenerative brain disease, Alzheimer’s — even as young as 30 years old.

As many as 5.5 million people in the United States have it.

Pennsylvania is home to roughly 400,000 people who are living with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder.

Alzheimer’s, the leading cause of dementia, is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death, and the only one of the top 10 killers that has no cure, can’t be prevented, or even slowed.

In 2016, as many as 673,000 Pennsylvanians provided 766 million hours of unpaid dementia care, valued at a staggering $9.6 billion.

We recognize the toll it takes on families.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month with special events throughout the commonwealth. It culminates with the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day on June 21, this year’s summer solstice.

Teams across the nation will put on their purple and participate in daylong activities to honor those for whom every day is the longest day while raising funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.

Anyone can join us. Get together with friends, family or coworkers and sign up today at alz.org/TheLongest Day or 800-272-3900 for additional information.

Show your love and do what you love to help end Alzheimer’s.

Gail Roddie-Hamlin

President & CEO

Alzheimer’s Association

Greater Pennsylvania Chapter