Thursday, June 21st is the summer solstice, which marks the longest day of the year. The Alzheimer’s Association promotes an annual “Longest Day” campaign on this date to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Businesses and individuals are invited to participate in this global movement by raising funds in support of research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.
As the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, many senior living communities will hold events on a regular basis to support the Alzheimer’s Association. This year, for example, several Oakmont communities will host fundraising events as a part of the Longest Day campaign. Last year, Oakmont raised over $78,000 in support of the Alzheimer’s Association as a result of Longest Day events and participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Often, in addition to fundraising, senior living communities that offer memory care services will host monthly support groups for family members and caregivers. These meetings are meant to provide a safe space for individuals to connect with others who are impacted by memory-related diseases. Support groups can serve as an important resource for those who may not have others in their lives who can relate to the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Senior living communities may also provide educational presentations, often led by the Alzheimer’s Association, to educate family members and the general public on the disease itself and ways to effectively cope with it. Topics range from how to communicate with individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, to how to assist them in leading a meaningful life in spite of the disease.
When considering a senior living community for a loved one who has been diagnosed with a memory-related disease, we recommend inquiring about whether the community provides education and support to families.
Oakmont Senior Living offers luxurious senior living ranging from independent living, assisted living and memory care. Oakmont recognizes the benefits of pets for seniors; all of our senior living communities are pet-friendly. In addition to a welcoming pet policy, our residents enjoy five-star amenities and customized care services. To learn more and find a community near you, visit our Oakmont Community Locator. To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day campaign, click here.