Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. It is a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month — an opportunity to hold a conversation about the brain, and share the fact that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are a major public health issue. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association® asks people around the world to wear purple and use their brains to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
One way that people can get involved is to participate in The Longest Day. On June 21st, thousands of participants from across the world will come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. Together, they will use their creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
To find a Longest Day fundraiser in your area, please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.
Also, if you are caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you can find support in our Caregiver Center. In this section, there are resources, tools, and guides that will not only help you navigate the role of a caregiver, but also help you cope with the struggles the come with caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.