June 4, 2018
OSWEGO - Local volunteers will join in a worldwide event to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease at the Oswego Farmers' Market on the summer solstice, Thursday, June 21. The annual "Longest Day" event is organized by the Alzheimer's Association to raise awareness for care and support for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.
Elizabeth Weimer, coordinator of caregiver services for the Oswego County Office for the Aging, and senior advocate Joan Sardino, owner of Serving Seniors, Inc., are organizing the event in Oswego County.
"The event is held on the summer solstice to honor the strength, heart and endurance of people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers," said Weimer. "For those facing Alzheimer's every day is the longest day.
People around the world will join the Alzheimer's Association to do an activity they love - or an activity loved by those affected - to help raise awareness about Alzheimer's."
In Oswego, volunteers will walk the bridges starting at 5 p.m. Alzheimer's Association representatives will distribute information and answer questions under a tent at the farmers' market from 5 to 7 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the walk will take place on the track at Romney Fieldhouse on the SUNY Oswego campus.
Weimer said purple is the official color of the Alzheimer's movement. The tent will be decorated with purple balloons, and Oswego City Hall will be lit in purple lights that evening. Local businesses will be asked to hang purple paper chains, created by residents of local assisted living facilities, to symbolize that the community is united in supporting Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country, and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and this number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by the year 2050.
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