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The Longest Day: It’s About Caregivers Too!

June 20th is not only the first day of summer, but also the longest day of sunlight this year. That is why the Alzheimer’s Association has chosen it for The Longest Day, their annual drive to get people involved in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. We can all appreciate the symbolism of having a bit more sunlight to squeeze in more work for such an important cause.

For many family caregivers, every day is the longest day.

The Longest Day spreads awareness not only of Alzheimer’s but advocates for the support of everyone whose life has been touched by dementia. This includes the unspoken heroes behind every individual struggling with dementia, the family caregivers.

For those caring for loved ones with dementia, every day is the longest day. And, because they do their work out of love, they often overlook their own health and well-being. Honoring and supporting caregivers is a big part of The Longest Day. It is also why our Anthem Memory Care communities are hosting a variety of fundraising activities to help put a spotlight on the disease and all of the people whose lives it affects.  

For caregivers, having resources is essential to gaining the support they need and deserve.

The first step for family caregivers is to learn more about the disease and tools to help them meet the many challenges that lie ahead. That is why many of the resources provided by the Alzheimer’s Association are geared towards supporting caregivers. Their ALZConnected website is one such resource.

Some of the links from this site include articles, tips and addition resources in the following categories:

There is also a free 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900) which is staffed by experts in the field of dementia.

And there are other useful resources for those who are caring for someone with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association and AARP have teamed up to create the Community Resource Finder, which contains a large database of dementia and age-related resources to help families find local services and programs.

Dr. Tam Cummings, gerontologist, dementia expert, author, and speaker has written numerous articles and books on topics related to dementia. Dr. Tam’s educational videos and can be viewed on our Anthem Memory Care Resources page.  

Finally, you are welcome to contact any of our Anthem Memory Care communities for more information and resources and learn more about our own sponsored walks and fundraisers and how you can get involved for next year’s Longest Day activities.