June 21, 2022
As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.Mary Anne Radmacher
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, when those whose lives have been touched by memory-impairing diseases come together and raise awareness through education and support. This month includes June 21st, the summer solstice and the longest day of sunshine and light during the calendar year.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect over five million individuals in the United States alone. If we continue this current trajectory, this number is expected to triple by the year 2050. The impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals and those who love them is astounding. Memory, personality, problem solving, safety awareness, decision making, relationships – all these things and more are affected through no fault or choice of the individual. For families, this can feel like a loss that never seems to end.
While dementia is incredibly challenging for everyone involved, there are ways that each one of us can bring light to the darkness.
The Longest Day, also known as the summer solstice, is the day of the year with the longest light. On this day many people join to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through fundraising and awareness. The summer solstice symbolizes the challenging journey those living with the disease go through, as well as their caregivers.
As a Memory Care Director, The Longest Day is important so we can all step up, speak up, and raise awareness for all our residents who are incapable of doing so for themselves, all the families who are having a tough time, and all the 50,000+ people who are diagnosed each year with Alzheimer’s. This disease brings many unknowns to families and caregivers of someone who is diagnosed. This day allows us to come together and support one another and raise money in awareness.
Here at VITALIA Active Adult Community® – Montrose Copley, OH we will be wearing purple on The Longest Day. This is the color for Alzheimer’s awareness. We will also be holding a Walkathon Fundraiser for all families, residents, staff, and friends to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, as well as to raise money for our Neighborhood.
Here at Montrose, we strongly encourage and welcome volunteers to come join our Neighborhood in activities and events. We also have many activities and events during the week that Independent and Assisted Living residents can join in with us. This helps break the stigma of Alzheimer’s and Memory Care being scary and doomed sentences with the other residents. Our Neighborhood residents love when families come and join us, as well as making new friends with other residents in the community.
Let’s join as communities throughout this month to honor, love, and support not only those living with dementia, but their families as well. If your life is personally touched by this disease, we are here for you.
VITALIA® Montrose in Copley, OH offers 55+ villa homes, senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include The Crest Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Comfortably located right in the heart of town, just southwest of the intersection of Hwy 77 and Medina Road, residents enjoy convenient access to a wide range of local shopping, dining, attractions, and medical services.
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