KEYSER – Throughout the month of June, people around the world, including many teams in West Virginia, will participate in The Longest DayŽ, an event dedicated to all those affected by Alzheimer's disease.


KEYSER – Throughout the month of June, people around the world, including many teams in West Virginia, will participate in The Longest Day®, an event dedicated to all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Whether it’s choosing a favorite activity, hosting an event or joining a team, participants will ignite a global conversation about Alzheimer's disease, the brain and other dementias as part of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month® in June.
Centered around the summer solstice, June 21, 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. Together, participants will raise funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer’s Association® care, support and research programs.
On Thursday, June 21, West Virginia University Potomac Valley Hospital will host an Alzheimer’s Awareness Day, beginning at 11 a.m. at the hospital, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The event is open to the public by donation and will include a bake sale, grill-out, games and activities, and the raffling of many items, including gift cards and a handmade king-size quilt.
Additionally, in support of the Alzheimer’s Association’s initiative to go purple during Alzheimer’s Brain & Awareness Month in June, the hospital’s windows will be filled with purple lanterns.
Key facts about Alzheimer’s include:
    •    Worldwide, there are an estimated 47 million people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias and it is the nation’s sixth leading cause of death.
    •    More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including 38,000 West Virginians, and this national number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050.
    •    Additionally, there are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.
To start or join a team, host an event, register as individually, or to learn more about The Longest Day visit alz.org/thelongestday or facebook.com/fightalz.