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The Longest Day: 16 Facts for 16 Hours

By: Phyllis Ferrell

The day of an Alzheimer’s caregiver is not limited from the hours of 9 – 5 or even from sun up to sun down. On the longest day of the year, June 21, the Alzheimer’s Association recognizes Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers with an annual event called the Longest Day. From barbecues to volunteering to crafting, there are many ways to show your support for caregivers and patients.

In the spirit of the day, here are 16 Alzheimer’s facts and a few local Indianapolis events—one for each hour of The Longest Day:

1. Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death in the U.S. that cannot yet be prevented, slowed, or cured.
2. One in nine Americans will show symptoms of Alzheimer’s in their lifetime.

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3. Former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber turned to the Greater Indiana Alzheimer’s Association for help caring for his wife with Alzheimer’s. Read the full story.
4. Nearly 1 in 5 Medicare dollars is spent on people with dementia. By 2050, it will be 1 in 3 dollars.
5. In Indiana alone, caregivers provided an estimated 385 million hours of unpaid care in 2017.
6. Early diagnosis and intervention are key to making an impact in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
7. 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. That number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.
8. On the Longest Day, Lilly employees will attend Alzheimer’s Association Night at Victory Field. This event is hosted by the Indianapolis Indians, and a percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the Indiana Alzheimer’s Association. To access the fundraiser for 6/21, follow this link. Once you’ve accessed the webpage, use the password alzheimers to purchase tickets.
9. Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia.
10. It was Dr. Alois Alzheimer’s work that started the global fight against the disease. Lilly purchased Dr. Alois Alzheimer’s house in 1995 to preserve the legacy of his incredible research.
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11. Here in Indianapolis, local business Sullivan Hardware & Garden hosts a ͞Remembering Rita barbeque for the Longest Day. This year, their goal is to triple donations.
12. In 2010, Congress unanimously passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Here is an interactive timeline that guides visitors through scientific breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research.
13. Of those living with Alzheimer’s disease over 65 years old, more than 2/3 are women.


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14. Nearly 60 percent of Americans are willing to join Alzheimer’s clinical trials, according to USAgainstAlzheimer's.
15. In 2018, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $277 billion. By 2050, those costs could rise to $1.1 trillion.


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16. You can show your support for those facing Alzheimer’s today. Learn about The Longest Day and how you can participate from the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are many ways to work to end Alzheimer’s while doing what you love. The Longest Day empowers friends, family, and organizations around the world to join together to end this devastating disease. If you’re participating in a local Longest Day event this year, use #TheLongestDay and #ENDALZ on social media to create awareness of your participation