For the people involved in this event, this challenge is one day. For people with Alzheimer’s, it’s every day. Run, walk, bike or challenge yourself to some other endurance activity to honor those facing Alzheimer’s.
On June 20, 2012, the longest day of the year, participants across the northern hemisphere will push their limits in a sunrise-to-sunset relay to raise awareness and funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s. It’s one day to honor the passion, dedication and strength displayed by people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers every day.
Join us for year one of this exciting and innovative event! The Longest Day allows you to participate with ultimate flexibility – you choose your activity, route and time of day to get active. The only rule is that someone on your team is in motion throughout the 16 hours of daylight on the longest day. The Alzheimer’s Association will provide fundraising support and connect you to a virtual community of other participants. We’ll also be cheering you on throughout The Longest Day!
Each team member pledges to raise a commitment fee and is asked to raise a minimum of $100/hour of activity (suggested minimum: $400). Participants will receive a virtual fundraising toolkit, an event day experience kit (including a T-shirt and awareness and celebration materials) and ongoing staff support to help plan a great day and reach fundraising goals. Through smartphone technology and social media, every participant will be able to showcase their efforts and share their stories as part of the global movement to fight against Alzheimer’s.
We’re in it until Alzheimer’s is finished. Show your support for the cause by donating to a team or participant in The Longest Day. Give to honor the more than 35 million people worldwide who are living with Alzheimer’s and the countless caregivers who face this disease so bravely every day.
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In addition to the release of the Plan the Administration also published a new website alzheimers.gov which will serve as a resource for those fighting the disease.
Read the Alzheimer’s Association comments on the plan.
Read the entire text of the National Alzheimer’s Plan (pdf) (html).
Posted on May 15, 2012 by Alzheimer’s Association
On January 4, 2011, The National Alzheimer’s Project Act was signed into law by the President of the United States after having been passed unanimously in both the Senate and House of Representatives. This is a major victory for the Alzheimer’s Association’s chapters and advocates as well as the nation. Once enacted, NAPA will create a national strategic plan to address and overcome the rapidly escalating crisis of Alzheimer’s.
NAPA is the largest legislative victory in many years for the Alzheimer cause.
Over the last several years, the Alzheimer’s Association has been the leading voice in urging Congress and the White House to pass the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA). The National Alzheimer’s Project Act will create a coordinated national plan to overcome the Alzheimer crisis and will ensure the coordination and evaluation of all national efforts in Alzheimer research, clinical care, institutional, and home- and community-based programs and their outcomes. Alzheimer’s advocates were instrumental in moving NAPA through Congress. More than 50,000 e-mails, nearly 10,000 phone calls and more than 1,000 meetings by the Alzheimer’s Association and its advocates led us to the historic legislative victory for the Alzheimer community.
November is Alzheimer’s awareness month. Worldwide it is estimated that about 16 million people have Alzheimer’s disease, 4.5 million of them are Americans. For every person with Alzheimer’s there is often at least one other person who directly cares for them and a host of healthcare & social workers, advocates, volunteers and support workers in the background. With so many people directly or indirectly affected by Alzheimer’s it is good that a time of year is set aside to promote awareness.
It is not known what causes Alzheimer’s disease and at present there is no cure. But there is hope and help for those people with Alzheimer’s. Research into the disease is offering answers to many questions. The pooling of knowledge, the increasing amounts of international funding will one day provide us with the cause, with better ways of treating Alzheimer’s and will hopefully provide a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Until that day this site pays tribute to all the people who have Alzheimer’s disease, to all those who strive to make the lives of people with Alzheimer’s better. To all the caregivers who love and care, who daily give such a lot to help their loved ones we say a special thank you in recognition of your very special contribution.