Tomorrow is the first day of June…the beginning of summer vacation for many students and 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 “Go Purple,” signaling their commitment to help raise awareness about brain health and dementia by wearing purple, sharing their support on social media, and telling others about the cause. Another way to participate this month is to learn about Alzheimer’s effect on our society, and then share that knowledge with others. Finally, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages you to take action: spread awareness on social media by tagging posts with #ENDALZ and #IGOPURPLEFOR.
You can also raise awareness (and funds) this month by participating in The Longest Day on June 21st. This team event is held each year on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year which symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. According to the website:
The Longest Day is all about love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. On the summer solstice, team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s. Together, we will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.
Teams across the state, including 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 21st 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!