“The Longest Day”

Hi Friends!

Our blog is going Purple today…

and the reason is LOVE.

It is my greatest hope that you will share

in “The Longest Day” on June 21st.

In the past year, Alzheimer’s Disease has touched my family and made an profound impact on all of our lives. In search of ways to help my family, I have dedicated much of my time and energy to learning all that I can about this heartbreaking disease.  The Alzheimer’s Association is helping me every step of the way…


My family is not alone.

The statistics are truly alarming….

By age 65+    1 in 9 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

By age 85+    1 in 3 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

More women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.

Although there are different types of dementia, 80% of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

No one has ever survived Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association is leading the fight against this disease. They offer valuable seminars at public libraries throughout our area. Their helpful webinars present the latest research and extremely helpful information for caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association Help Line (800-272-3900) offers live support 24/7 from caring professionals to answer questions and concerns. The Alzheimer’s Association funds vital research and clinical trials in search of a cure.

Siberian Iris with Birdbath

I have been able to take advantage of so many of these valuable resources during the past year. Attending caregiver support groups and connecting with friends, whose families have also been affected by this disease, has  helped me learn about the difficult journey that my family now faces. Most importantly, everything that I learn about the journey of Alzheimer’s disease, I have been able to share with my entire family. Although it is a truly heartbreaking disease, I am so grateful for the work of the Alzheimer’s Association and the difference they are making for so many families, like mine. 

   Please take just one minute to watch this video…

For people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease,

their families, and their caregivers,

each day filled with challenges

can feel very long.

Today I am sharing my heart with you

and raising awareness

of a wonderful way we can all help

in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

with great LOVE…

On “The Longest Day” (June 21st), people across the globe

will do what they LOVE,

or what their loved ones affected by this disease LOVE to do.

Together, we will raise funds and awareness

for care and support of those affected,

while advancing ALZ research.

We are working toward the first survivor

of Alzheimer’s disease.

Last year, I spent “The Longest Day” in such a poignant, meaningful way. My entire day was devoted to activities that I LOVE. Early in the morning, I took a long, solo walk in nature along our beautiful Prairie. With each step, I knew that I was doing something very important. Next, I spent many hours tending my flower and herb gardens. All the while, my heart was honoring someone so dear to me. I spent the rest of the day downstairs in my little Paper Garden studio making cards filled with LOVE and sending them off to loved ones, far and near.

Although I was intentionally doing what I love most, my day felt very long. It made me think about just how long and difficult each day must feel to someone with Alzheimer’s disease facing so many challenges.

The most important thing that I did that day

was to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association!

It felt so good!

This button is a link to donate to ALZ.org


 I am already looking forward to

“The Longest Day” 2018.

My husband will take a day off work on Thursday

so that we can participate in this important day together.

We will spend the entire day doing things we LOVE

to honor our loved ones.

However, the most important thing we will do

on “The Longest Day”

is to make our donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Breaking News! June 21, 2018  

Your Donation today will be matched by a very generous donor!

                                                 Your donation today will help twice as much!

It felt so good to make our donation early this morning! ♥♥


We can all make a difference by helping the Alzheimer’s Association in the fight to end this disease. Throughout the past year, I have been quietly fundraising and donating to the Alzheimer’s Association. Now it’s time to raise my voice… and ask for your help, too.

It feels very empowering to make donations to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. It makes me very hopeful that one day, in my lifetime, we will find a cure and see the first person survive this disease.

The end of Alzheimer’s starts with me! ♥

The reason is LOVE.

With hope,

♡ Dawn






27 thoughts on ““The Longest Day”

  1. Dawn -thank you for this wonderful post. My dad and husband both had dementia. It was very hard to watch their lives being destroyed right before our eyes. I pray for a cure too. Thank you for making awareness of this disease.

    I will do something I love Thursday.


  2. What a lovely post, Dawn. Yes, we are ALL in this together. Some people just don’t know it yet! The statistics are beyond alarming. If this rate continues, there will not be enough caregivers. It seems as though I am constantly learning about yet another friend of ours who has dementia and has been placed in a facility. It is heartbreaking. And as you know it is why I am retiring; because my love has dementia and we are reaching a point of needing full time care; and that will be me. I did learn recently that there is a dementia support group in town. That was good to know and after I retire I will connect with them. Years ago I connected with an online support group called https://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/
    It has been very helpful and I strongly urge people that do not have the time to join a support group, to look this one up. It was so helpful, especially in the beginning!
    I have been so fortunate that Jim’s dementia has been slow….but steady and I have been given enough time to make plans to retire. He knows he has memory issues, but beyond that is the more dangerous issue of the poor thought process that causes him to make bad decisions. That requires someone to be watching him full time. I never dreamed that our life would turn out this way; not to someone who was physically fit, worked outside, was an avid reader and socially involved. All of those things you are supposed to do to keep your mind active.
    We need more research and that takes money. Donate something, anything you can afford to donate. The End of Alzheimer’s starts with ME!

    • Thank you, Chris, from the bottom of my heart for all that you have shared with me over the past months and with everyone here today. I’m very grateful to know about this online support group.

      I echo all of your concerns and your plea for donations. Each time I have made a donation to AlZ.org it felt empowering just to know how much it is helping. Last year, my birthday and Christmas gifts were donations to ALZ.org. EVERY day is a good day to donate!!

      Last year, on “The Longest Day,” generous benefactors matched our donations, making our help go even further. I’m hoping for the very same on Thursday! I’ve been setting aside money especially for “The Longest Day” this year. Together we can do so much! Huge hugs for you and Jim. I think of you both so often. Your friendship is a true blessing, dear Chris! 💗

    • Thank you so much, Lenore, for joining in on “The Longest Day.” Raising awareness and raising funds for research is vital. Thank you for being here today. The reason is LOVE and the time is now. 💗

  3. Thank you for this poignant, purposeful, post Dawn. I will make a point to observe “The Longest Day” and to donate to such a worthy cause. Bless you, Dawn, and thank you for shining a light on how we can be a part of the cure.

    • Huge thanks, Penny, for your donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. We can all be a part of the race for the cure. Love you, my friend. ♡

    • Thank you, Carol. You are such an important part of my loving ‘care community’ of friends who are helping me along this journey. The strength and support from my dear friends helps me to help my family. Sending huge hugs. ♡

    • Thank you, Loretta. So many families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and the numbers will continue to skyrocket as the baby boomers age. “The Longest Day” fundraising event is an easy way that we can all be part of the fight for the cure. EVERY day is a good day to make a donation… and make a difference. The reason is LOVE. ♡

    • Thank you so much, Linda, for being an important part of my ‘care community’ of friends who are helping me and my family along this journey. You are a blessing, my friend. I truly hope that “The Longest Day” 2018 brings awareness and the much needed donations to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The reason is LOVE. ♡

  4. Dearest Dawn, your heartfelt post is so poignant, my friend. Alzheimer’s disease affects almost all of us. You may remember that Grayden’s brother passed away with this cruel, cruel disease. Your quest to learn as much as you can is so smart. I believe that knowledge is power. You and your family will be prepared for the journey ahead. Thinking of you and all those that have or will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Take care, dear one. ♥

    • Thank you so much, Martha Ellen. I will always remember when you shared Grayden’s brother’s story. Just today, I received a Thank You letter from the Alzheimer’s Association. It feels so good to help the Alzheimer’s Association in the fight to eliminate this heartbreaking disease by contributing to research, care, and support for everyone affected. The end of Alzheimer’s begins with me… and everyone who is able to help! Sending hugs, dear friend. ♡

  5. You’re all heart, Dawn. Thank you for raising awareness for Alzheimer’s. MY mom had dementia in her last five years. It was difficult watching the decline and knowing the disease is progressive. I’m happy to donate, and appreciate your link.

    And those purple flowers are scrumptious. That first photo is prize-worthy! xo

  6. I am so sorry I missed this heartfelt post, Dawn. ;( I have an aunt with it at age 84. It’s so hard for her family. It’s frustrating for everyone including my aunt. I’ve read everything I could find on it as it’s always a great fear for each and every one of us. I had a next door neighbor with it and before she was diagnosed she would wander our street and introduce herself to each of us each time we met. Most of my neighbors didn’t understand but I did so I just introduced myself again as though we were meeting for the first time. Within a year, she was placed in a care facility and passed a year later. Heartbreaking. I haven’t the funds to donate but I made it a point to educate each person I meet about what Alzheimer’s really is and how we should behave with those affected. I’m so shocked that so many are unaware. You are in my heart, dear Dawn.

    • It’s a truly heart-wrenching illness, Marlene. I have spent the past year learning as much as I can so that I can help my family. There is so much to learn. The Alzheimer’s Association is such an important resource for patients suffering with the disease, their families, and their caregivers. Funding for research is vital. I pray that one day soon, the first person will survive and thrive. As family members, it is critical that we practice good (research-based) nutrition and lifestyle habits, and activities that promote good blood flow to the brain. With proper nutrition and lifestyle education, we can strive to delay the onset and hopefully slow the progression of the disease. We must all fight for the cure!! #TheEndofALZBeginsWithMe

      Your understanding is a gift to everyone you know who is suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Living in your neighbor’s reality, while practicing patience and kindness was a true gift of love. I will keep your dear aunt in my thoughts, Marlene. I hope her family is reaching out to the Alzheimer’s Association for help and support. Please continue to educate and advocate for for those suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Marlene. ♡

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