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Ways to support The Alzheimer’s Association West Texas Chapter — El Paso Group for The Longest Day this weekend.

Euri Giles | Clareifi

This weekend is jam packed with events, celebration, and opportunities for advocacy.

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It’s Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and the first day of summer.

The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes:

The Longest Day is the day with the most light — the summer solstice. On June 20, people from across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer's through a fundraising activity of their choice. Whether you're participating at home, online or in-person, we have plenty of fun ideas to engage family and friends in The Longest Day.

What’s happening in El Paso?

The Alzheimer’s Association West Texas chapter features an El Paso Group page that has posts with many of the different ways that the community is getting involved to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

From knitting, dancing, and raffles to barbecue and beer. The main idea is about engagement in a fun way that’s interesting to your group of friends and family to garner support for an important cause.

Visit their Facebook page here for more details on how to get involved:

Alzheimer’s Association, El Paso Group.

I might need to check this one out this weekend:

Three Missions Brewery posted on their Facebook page:

If you need another reason to drink our beer, here’s one!
We have a limited batch of our Berry APA that will be available starting today! It’ll be available until we run out so hurry over this weekend!
To make it even BETTER, we have collaborated with the Alzheimer's Association West Texas Chapter of The Longest Day!
Whenever our Berry APA is purchased, $1 will be going to the association!
Casa Ortiz will also be hosting a fundraiser for a local artist in need as well today!
So come support a great cause and local businesses that love the community! 🍻

Statistics about Alzheimer's in Texas.

As of 2020, there are more than 400,000 Texas residents over the age of 65 diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, That number is expected to increase to 490,000 by 2025.

Furthermore, in 2020, Medicare spent more than $3 billion on Texas residents living with Alzheimer's, one of the highest amounts among all states.

With those kinds of numbers, it’s likely that you or someone you know has been impacted by Alzheimer’s.

Advocacy and support opportunities.

There are ongoing opportunities to help support the Alzheimer's Association after this weekends Longest Day events.

Later this year — The Alzheimer’s Association is moving forward with plans to host the Walk to End Alzheimer's® in person this fall. El Paso’s walk will be held at La Vina Winery this fall on October 23, 2021.

I try to support the Alzheimer’s Association as often as possible in honor of my dad who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’z disease more than 9 years ago in 2012. He is now in “stage 6 late” meaning he has:

  • Significant impairment in short- and long-term memory, and difficulties in dressing and toileting without help. He gets confused and frustrated easily and says little unless directly addressed.
  • At this stage patients require full-time care and help with all daily tasks, as well as all personal care, hygiene, and toilet use. They may not sleep well, and be prone to wandering off.

Four years ago, with the support of my wife and children, we moved more than 500 miles to be close to my aging parents. We came home to help however we were needed, in supporting their growing needs.

Although my dad doesn’t always recognize me as his son, … He knows that I’m someone who loves him… Today is all we have… Be present. Allow those suffering from dementia, and Alzheimer’s to live a dignified life by sharing kindness and love.

Are you participating in The Longest Day?

How has Alzheimer’s impacted your family?

Let us know in the comments.

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