Alzheimer’s Association dedicates Longest Day to raise awareness


News release from The Alzheimer’s Association:


Local Residents Join the Alzheimer’s Association®

 to Honor those Living with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers

On June 21, 2018, people in Abilene and around the world will participate in The Longest Day®, a day dedicated to all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Whether it’s choosing a favorite activity, hosting an event or joining a team, participants will ignite a global conversation about Alzheimer’s disease, the brain and other dementias as part of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month® in June.

Held annually on the summer solstice, The Longest Day symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Participants will do what they love – hiking, playing bridge, karaoke, grilling, and more– to honor a caregiver, someone living with Alzheimer’s, or someone lost to this devastating disease. Together, participants will raise funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer’s Association® care, support and research programs.

 “For those facing Alzheimer’s every day is the longest day,” said Kristin Bishop, Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association in Abilene. “The Longest Day honors the strength, heart and endurance of people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. We want to demonstrate in a meaningful way that they are not alone.”

This event in Abilene is a unique collaboration of many organizations within the local community. 

“We want our community to take notice – to begin to grasp not only just how long the days are for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, but to understand the implications on our community and how we can all be part of the cure,” Bishop said.  “We have many great events planned to do just that here in Abilene!” 

On June 21, 2018, local The Longest Day activities include:

–       Community Cookout — grilling from sunup to sundown (6:32 a.m. to 8:49 p.m.) at West Texas Rehab Center (4601 Hartford) offering FREE breakfast, lunch, and dinner (breakfast tacos, hamburgers, sausage wraps, and more).  Meals will be served beginning at 7:00 a.m.  Event hosted by Visiting Angels and West Texas Rehab Center in collaboration with 30 other businesses and organizations in Abilene (see full list below). 

–       The Father and The Bear Film Screening – FREE film screening and brief Q&A session on Alzheimer’s disease at 3 p.m. in the West Texas Rehab Center Board Room (4601 Hartford).  Refreshments will be available on site.  Event hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association.

–       Additional events are being hosted as well in conjunction with The Longest Day by individuals and groups.

For more information on any of the above events or The Longest Day, contact Kristin Bishop at 325.672.2907.

About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a unique triple threat unlike any other disease with its soaring prevalence, enormous cost and lack of treatment. Worldwide 47 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, a number that is estimated to rise to nearly 76 million by 2030 and almost triple to 135.5 million by 2050. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in this country, and the only top 10 cause of death without a way to prevent, cure, or slow its progression. Additionally, there are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.

About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit or call 800.272.3900.

Full list of community cookout collaborating businesses:

AbiMar Foods, Inc., Abuelo’s., Amerigroup, Angels Care Home Health, Ben E Keith, Best Tree Service, Beyond Faith Homecare and Rehab, Carter Healthcare, Chisholm Place, Double Diamond Signs, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, Exceptional Brands, First Bank Texas, Hamil Family Funeral Home, Humana, Kindred Hospice, Kinder Hearts Home Health and Hospice, Ladyman Law Office, Lawrence Hall, Lyndale – Abilene, Lyndale – Memory Care, University Place, Mesa Springs, Oceans Behavioral Hospital of Abilene, Outreach Health Services, Target, Texas Roadhouse, United Way of Abilene, Visiting Angels, Windcrest Heath & Rehab, Wisteria Place, West Texas Rehab Center, and West Texas RSVP

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