June 21, 2022
As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.Mary Anne Radmacher
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, when those whose lives have been touched by memory-impairing diseases come together and raise awareness through education and support. This month includes June 21st, the summer solstice and the longest day of sunshine and light during the calendar year.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect over five million individuals in the United States alone. If we continue this current trajectory, this number is expected to triple by the year 2050. The impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals and those who love them is astounding. Memory, personality, problem solving, safety awareness, decision making, relationships – all these things and more are affected through no fault or choice of the individual. For families, this can feel like a loss that never seems to end.
While dementia is incredibly challenging for everyone involved, there are ways that each one of us can bring light to the darkness.
The Longest Day is the day of the year with the most light. It is also known as the summer solstice. Over the years, it has become a day to recognize and shine light on those living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
As a Memory Care Director, The Longest Day is important to me because it spreads awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s a time to learn, support those living with the disease and their families, as well as raise money for research and programs.
Here at Gentry Park Senior Living Bloomington, IN we are celebrating The Longest Day by inviting our staff, family members, and Assisted Living and Independent Living residents to participate in various activities. These events include education opportunities, wearing purple, donating $2 to wear jeans for the day, and enjoying a purple-themed celebration in our Memory Care Neighborhood.
You can support this cause with a monetary or supply donation and/or simply volunteering some of your time. We encourage everyone to participate in some way and see for yourself what a day in the life of someone living with Alzheimer’s looks like. Let’s join as communities throughout this month to honor, love, and support not only those living with dementia, but their families as well. If your life is personally touched by this disease, we are here for you.
Gentry Park Senior Living in Bloomington, IN offers senior villas, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Recently renovated amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just south of E 3rd Street on SR 446, Gentry Park balances a peaceful, natural environment with quick access to the local shopping and attractions of greater Bloomington.