The Longest Day - Alzheimer's global day of action
Thursday is the longest day of the year but in the life of an Alzheimer's caregiver, every day is the longest day. That's why on this day people around the world are wearing purple and igniting a global conversation about Alzheimer's disease.
The Oklahoma City Alzheimer's Association is putting on a carnival on Thursday from 5-7 pm. It'll be happening near NW 50th and May.
Attractions will include a fire truck, dunk tank, inflatables, food trucks, and a silent auction. But this event is just one of many.
Today's global day of action is held annually on the summer solstice, The longest day symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. Participants will do what they love - biking, hiking, playing bridge, swimming, knitting and more- to honor a caregiver, someone living with Alzheimer's, or someone lost to this devastating disease.
"Really the sky's the limit people have hosted let's say you're a zumba instructor host an all day zuma event anyone that comes you know they pay the fee but that fee goes toward donations you can host a movie night for friends and i've done this one you can invite your friends over and ask them to donate what they would have spent on a movie ticket," said Meredith Woodbridge, Communication Coordinator at the Oklahoma City Alzheimer's Association
More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, including 64,000 in Oklahoma, and this national number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050.
To start or join a team, host an event, register as an individual, or to learn more about the longest day visit: alz.Org/thelongestday