Sometimes when problems are so large, like a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, it seems our individual actions don’t help. However, until last year, there was not an effective drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Aduhelm (aducanumab) was approved for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is characterized by changes in the brain, including plaques that result in loss of neurons and their connections. Aduhelm treatment shows reduction of these plaques, which reduces the clinical decline of those with the disease.
As a result of continued research, and fundraising activities to support the research, like The Longest Day, there is hope for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day” is a day of fundraising to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s on the day with the most light, the summer solstice on June 21th.
On June 21th,people across the world will fight the darkness brought on by Alzheimer’s disease through fundraising events and activities of their choice. Alz.org has plenty of fun ideas to engage in this event. From hobbies like fishing, cooking or gardening, to sports like kickball, golf or soccer, the Alzheimer’s Association has suggestions on how you can help and participate. Check in with your local senior living communities to see how you can participate by supporting their fund raisers. Some are having events such as chicken BBQs, Casino Nights and entertainment.
If fundraising isn’t right for you, look for other opportunities to contribute to the larger good, and be sure to use the hashtags #ENDALZ and #TheLongestDay to raise awareness and concern to keep the disease in the spotlight by sharing stories of your loved ones. Advocate with legislators for support programs. Get involved with educating the public to reduce the stigma surrounding dementia.