Today is the first day of June…the beginning of summer vacation and wedding season, it is a month that people typically think of as relaxing and fun. But this month, rather than going to the beach, people across the nation will be “going purple” to raise awareness of a very serious cause.
That’s because June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. During June, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages people to take The Purple Pledge, a commitment to help raise awareness about brain health and dementia. Learn about Alzheimer’s effect on our society and ways to care for your brain. Then, share these with others. Wear purple, and tell others why. Share your pledge and spread awareness on social media by tagging posts with #ENDALZ and #GOPURPLE.
You can also raise awareness…and funds…by participating in The Longest Day on June 20th. According to the website, this team event is “held annually on the summer solstice…this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.”
Teams across the state, including many CALA members, will be participating in activities ranging from bridge, baking, and dancing, to hiking and cycling. But even if you aren’t part of a Longest Day team, you can still wear purple on June 20th to help spread the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision of imagining a world without Alzheimer’s disease.
So, what are you going to do during the month of June to raise awareness of brain health and Alzheimer’s disease? Share your plans in the comments below!