Have you heard the news? A $400 million increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research was signed into law in early May! Thanks to the unwavering efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, this is the second year in a row that funding has been historically increased. With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease, the need for advocacy has never been greater. For the millions of families affected by this disease, the Alzheimer’s Association represents access to support services, reliable information, and most of all, hope for a cure. These same families are often at the forefront of fundraising efforts within their communities, providing a visible connection at local fundraising events like The Longest Day. At Senior Lifestyle, we’re proud to embrace this event alongside those families and advocates for the second year in a row.
On June 21st it’s all about love; love for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and doing what we love to raise funds to support much-needed research into a cure. For some, The Longest Day might be about pursuing an activity that reminds them of time spent with a loved one now suffering from Alzheimer’s. For others, organizing an event such as a block party may be the best way to spend the day. Still others will plant gardens, sing karaoke, play cards, or bake. From sunrise to sunset on June 21st, people everywhere will be showing love by sharing what they love; the possibilities are endless! Recent increases in funding for research are heartening, but the fight is far from over. We have the power to increase available funding by doing what we love – what’s not to love about that?
Track and field legend Wilma Rudolph, who made history as the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics, once said, “When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” At Senior Lifestyle we believe these words, and that is why we are honored to be a Global Team with a goal of raising $50,000 for The Longest Day. By partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association in the fight against this devastating disease, we know that we CAN make a difference and we challenge those in our communities to join us in our efforts. To join us, whether at a community in person or from your own neighborhood, visit your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to form or join a team, pick an activity you love, then share that love with others and raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s Disease. To find out what we have planned for The Longest Day, visit the Senior Lifestyle website to find a community near you and join the team!