Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in this country. Those who live with Alzheimer's and those who care for them are the focus of a special program that is held each year on The Longest Day.
The event is called The Longest Day and held each year on the Summer Solstice. Teams are being recognized for their work to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, Mississippi Chapter.
"You get to do what you love in honor of those you love," Adina Welker with the Alzheimer's Association Mississippi Chapter. "So you can do any activity that you want to do and you use that to raise awareness and support for people with Alzheimer's disease and for their caregivers."
Doing what you love could be bowling, bridge games or bake sales to share the favorite recipe of an Alzheimer's patient. One little girl did cartwheels all day because Alzheimer's Disease turns your life upside down.
"The key is to do whatever it is that you love or the person who lives with Alzheimer's loves," said Mary Kim Smith, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association Mississippi Chapter. "To celebrate and to form a team and raise money and awareness to help us find a cure for this disease."
"Alzheimer's Disease is very alienating and isolating so we try hard to provide support and to be there," added Welker.
This is also a celebration of the success of the 2017 season and to kick off a new year. Teams raised more than 76 thousand dollars across the state.
The Alzheimer's Association Mississippi Chapter is hoping more people will get involved. In addition to research, the money is used to educate and support families facing this disease.