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Texans raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s on the Longest Day

Scott Finley

On June 20, 2020 – the summer solstice and the day with the most light – Texans statewide will join advocates across the world to participate in The Longest Day® to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. Together, they will use their creativity and passion to raise critical funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer’s Association® care, support and research programs. The event coincides with Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month® in June.

This year, given the COVID-19 crisis, many The Longest Day participants will choose to support the event “virtually” through “at-home” and “social-distance” activities — biking, hiking, playing bridge, knitting and more – to shine a light on the more than 400 thousand Texans  living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

The Alzheimer’s facts are staggering:

1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia

Texas ranks 4th in number of Alzheimer’s cases and 2nd in Alzheimer’s deaths

Alzheimer’s disease is the 5th leading cause of death in the US

In the US, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds

While as of yet there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are things you can do to promote brain health – the reason behind June being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.

Visit alz.org/thelongestday for more information and to register.

The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Visit alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at  800.272.3900.