The Longest Day of the year, Summer Solstice 2017 fell on June 21. For centuries people have celebrated the longest day of the year with fun events and festivals. But for caregivers of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s, every day can feel like the “longest day” – and not always in a fun way.
There are 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. It’s the 6th leading cause of death. It takes 15.9 million family, friends and caregivers to provide care.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be highly stressful and overwhelming. Caregivers report feeling anxious, depressed, angry and lonely.
That’s why the Alzheimer’s Association created an event, The Longest Day, coinciding with the solstice. The Longest Day encourages and honors all caregivers. People select an activity they love doing. It can be anything from swimming to scrapbooking, dancing or gardening – whatever you love. Invite friends to donate to the Association for every hour you do the activity. Make it a fun family affair.
This year, for The Longest Day, Living Right made a series of videos about the day to day life of a caregiver. Then we posted a video every hour on Facebook, starting at 6:00 am and ending at 8:00.
Watch the 5-minute video compilation. Click Here
For more information about caregiver stress and burnout click here:
The Alzheimer’s Association raises funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.
Another helpful resource, one of the most trusted guides for caring for persons with Alzheimer’s is, The 36 Hour Day, by Nancy L Mace, M.A. & Peter Rabins, M.D., MPH.
For over thirty years, this book has been the trusted bible for families affected by dementia disorders. You can find it here on Amazon.com