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‘Longest Day’ raises Alzheimer’s awareness

June is Alzheimer’s Brain Awareness Month, and during this time, the Alzheimer’s Association hosts The Longest Day.

On Saturday — June 20 — people across the world will participate in an activity of their choice for The Longest Day.

The Longest Day is held on the day with the most light — the summer solstice — to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease. This year, given the COVID-19 crisis, many of The Longest Day participants are supporting the event “virtually” through “at-home” and “social-distance” activities — biking, hiking, playing bridge, knitting and more.

I would love for you to join myself and others around the world to shine a light into the darkness of Alzheimer’s.

Together, we will raise critical awareness and funds to advance Alzheimer’s care, support and research. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2020 Facts and Figures report, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including over 400,000 here in Pennsylvania.

In addition, more than 16 million family members and friends are providing care and support. Now is the time to join the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness and take action.

I encourage you to visit alz.org/thelongestday to sign up and select an activity today.

Jeremy Bland

State College

(The writer is communi­ca­­tions director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater PA Chapter in State College).

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