In honor of the Summer Solstice, the day with the most light, I am here again shining a light on “The Longest Day” event, held each year by the Alzheimer’s Association. (This is a repost from last year’s fundraising event.) Heartfelt thanks for taking the time to read… ♥♥
Next time, we will gather here to ‘Chat by the Garden Gate’ and see what’s blooming in my garden! 🙂 Wishing you a beautiful start to Summer!
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.
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!
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.