On Friday, June 21 I had the pleasure of participating in an event in my hometown for The Longest Day.
This is a day that - worldwide - the Alzheimer’s Association uses to raise money for Alzheimer’s and Dementia research, to raise awareness of this disease, support and offer solutions for care givers and families, and to encourage brain health.
The overall takeaways for me were:
Do everything you can to keep your body and brain healthy NOW.
If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, get to a doctor for an assessment and discussion. Don’t wait.
The Alzheimer’s Association can help point you in the right direction. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them on their 24/7 helpline: 800-272-3900 and/or visit their website: https://alz.org/
I had a fun book signing, speaking with people about memory improvement and how to exercise their minds. A portion of each book sold went to the Alzheimer’s Association (and was generously matched by the local organizers of our event, Breanna and Reid Lundy).
Throughout the day there were other businesses participating (click each name to visit):
Stacey Barcomb - Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative: Local resources for caregivers
Kym Hance - Herzog Law: How to pay for care
Erika Sellar Ryan - Kelley & Sellar Ryan: Legal considerations before and after the diagnosis
Maria Geizer, Home Instead Senior Care: Home care options
Carol Byron and Mary Madison - Greenwich and Cambridge Health Centers: Early signs, healthcare decisions and local resources
Claire Hartten: Brain health and nutrition
Heather O’Connor - Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease: he value of early dementia assessment
Brad Zupp, Memory Expert: Memory health for all ages
My short presentation focused on maintaining and improving memory health at any age. I showed people a few memory hacks from my latest book, Mastering Memory: 75 Memory Hacks for Success in School, Work, and Life.
Everyone seemed to have a great time and learned a lot from all the speakers. I never realized how much local help was available; be sure to check your local area for community resources if you need help for yourself or a loved one!
Many thanks to all the businesses, speakers, attendees, and especially Breanna Lundy and her team for handling all the organizing to bring us together!