8 Ways to Honor Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June 04, 2019
Join the fight.
By Alyse Wagner - American House

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

The Alzheimer’s Association has declared June to be Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time for people of all ages to ‘go purple’ and show support, raise awareness and fight against the disease. 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's related dementia in 2019. This number includes an estimated 5.6 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.

On The Longest Day, June 21 (the summer solstice), people across the world will participate in fundraising activities where “the strength of our light will outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s.”

There are many ways to participate throughout the month of June. American House will hold various fundraisers to raise awareness and funds for the cause. Contact your local American House for more details on what your local community is doing to fight Alzheimer’s. 

Here are eight ways to honor the fight:

1. Caregiver support.

Caring for a person with this disease can be overwhelming. Show your support to the caregiver in your life by recognizing their care needs or by simply engaging in a kind gesture.

2. Share your story.

So many of us have a story to tell surrounding the disease. Sharing your own Alzheimer’s story can provide hope and support, as well as inspire people to join the fight.

3. Go purple.

Purple is the official color of the Alzheimer's movement. Wear purple during the month of June to bring awareness to the disease.

4. 65 seconds of silence.

Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Take a moment to recognize, in just over a minute’s time, a person’s life will change forever.

5. Fundraise on The Longest Day.

Whether it’s participating in a walk, game or event, join others across the world in raising funds and awareness on The Longest Day. Start/join a fundraiser here.

6. Get social. 

Spread the word about Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month by using the hashtags #ENDALZ and #TheLongestDay on Instagram and Twitter. Change your Facebook profile picture to the Alzheimer’s Association frame to shine light on the disease. 

7. Become an advocate.

Visit the Alzheimer's Association advocacy page and sign up to join to be an advocate. By joining the network of advocates, the Alzheimer’s Association will send you alerts to take simple actions that will help influence national policy and create widespread awareness of this devastating disease.

8. Love your brain.

As of today, there is no way to prevent this disease. However, research suggests there are steps to be followed to encourage a healthy, aging brain. Check out 10 ways to love your brain.

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