Tomorrow Kicks Off The Longest Day and Summer Solstice

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Source: Alzheimer's Association California Central Coast Chapter 

Tomorrow is June 21 – the summer solstice and the day with the most light – California Central Coast residents will join thousands of advocates from across the world to participate in The Longest Day. Participants will choose an activity of their choice –playing bridge, swimming, knitting and more – to raise funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer’s Association care, support, and research programs.

Below is a list of The Longest Day events in the tri-counties area:

Visit alz.org/thelongestday for more information.

In California alone, there are more than 670,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 1.6 million family members and friends providing care. At the local level, in Santa Barbara County, more than 8,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s; in Ventura County, more than 14,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s; and in San Luis Obispo County, more than 6,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s — more than 28,000 in the California Central Coast.

Key facts about Alzheimer’s include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
  • It is the third-leading cause of death in California.
  • More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease.
  • More than 16 million family and friends provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer's or other dementias in the United States.
  • Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
  • In 2019, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the United States an estimated $290 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.1 trillion by 2050.

If you would like to speak with a local participant in The Longest Day, shadow their activity or speak to an Alzheimer’s Association expert, please reach out to Ashley Lee at aslee@alz.org  

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