June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month to support those living with memory loss, recognize their caregivers, raise awareness and funds for research to end Alzheimer’s.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 47 million people worldwide are living with dementia. In Virginia Alzheimer’s cases are expected to increase 35.7 percent from 140,000 in 2010 to about 190,000 in 2025.
Everyone at the The Memory Centers in Virginia Beach and Richmond encourage you to learning the facts about Alzheimer’s, know how to decrease your risk and take action to help spread the word.
Throughout the month of June it is even easier to raise awareness by:
Wearing Purple and Getting Social
Wear purple any day in June or better yet, take a photo of you, your friends, family or even pets wearing purple. Post it on your social media pages with the hashtag #ENDALZ and #GoPurple then head to alz.org/june to see the stream of photos posted on social media.
You can even use this graphic as your profile picture on social media and encourage your friends to do the same.
Taking the Pledge
Go to alz.org/june to take the purple pledge and commit to raising awareness, learning the facts about Alzheimer’s and spreading the word.
Forming or Joining a Longest Day Team
The Longest Day is an event to raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the journey of those living with the disease, their caregivers and loved ones.
Anyone can form a team and create an event, no matter where you live. Just choose the activity for your team then start fundraising. On June 21st your team will work together from sunrise to sunset. You can sing, kayak, walk, paint, crochet – you name it. Click for a list of ideas from the Alzheimer’s Association.
If you miss the deadline to form a team you can still join a team. Click to find teams near you.
Don’t miss your chance to help. Gather your friends and visit alz.org/june to find out more about turning the world purple in June, get the facts and find out what you can do to help.