NORTHWEST OHIO RAISES AWARENESS AND FUNDS TO FIGHT ALZHEIMER’S ON THE LONGEST DAY

Local Residents Join the Alzheimer’s Association**® to Honor those Living with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers

On June 21, 2017, people around the world, including 25 plus teams in the 24 counties served by the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, will participate in The Longest Day®, a day about hope and 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 – biking, hiking, playing bridge, swimming, knitting 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.

One local Toledo team the Fun Bunch will be hosting “Rock N Roll” where supporters have signed up for ½ hour shifts to rock in a rocking chair to raise awareness for all families experiencing Alzheimer’s. Other teams will be going fishing, baking or creating keepsakes in honor of their loved ones.

Key facts about Alzheimer’s include:

·         Worldwide, there are an estimated 47 million people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and it is the nation’s sixth leading cause of death.

·          National number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050.

·         Additionally, there are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers, according to the Alzheimer’s Association *2017 Alzheimer’s
Disease Facts and Figures *report.

To start or join a team, host an event, register as individually, or to learn more about The Longest Day visit alz.org/thelongestday
<http://www.alz.org/thelongestday> or facebook.com/fightalz <http://www.facebook.com/fightalz>.  For a complete listing of local
events, visit www.facebook.com/alznwohio/events.

*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 alz.org <http://www.alz.org/> or call 800.272.3900.