Meridian communities across the nation will support the Alzheimer’s Association® event: The Longest Day® on Saturday, June 19, 2021, to raise awareness and funds to advance the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association®.
Supporting the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission to fight Alzheimer’s, The Longest Day is a team event held annually on the summer solstice. Including the most hours of daylight, this bright day symbolizes people across the globe fighting the darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising activity of their choice. More than twenty-five Meridian communities across the nation are forming teams to take part in this event by engaging in activities that they enjoy and honor someone living with the disease.
For this special day, communities traditionally wear purple, which is the Alzheimer’s Association’s color of unity, while conducting fundraising activities, in a safe fashion. In past Longest Day events, communities have creatively crafted blueberry and lemonade stands and donned eye-catching costumes while selling goods or services such as: singing telegrams, blueberry muffins, lemonade, smoothies, and other delicious baked treats. In 2020, Meridian communities collectively raised over $12,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association on this day and hope to exceed this figure for 2021.
“Meridian Senior Living communities are enthusiastically preparing their fundraising activities to celebrate The Longest Day and the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission to deliver services to those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers,” says Sue Johnston, VP Program Development. “We understand the unique challenges of Alzheimer’s that individuals, families and companies face, so we are committed to supporting the Alzheimer’s Association in their efforts to fund research for a cure.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
About Alzheimer's Association®
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. The Association's 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. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.