The Longest Day - Alzheimer's Association

The sign at a local business. (I grabbed the shot quickly as I was in a hurry to set up my table - if anyone knows which shop this was please let me know so I can add that detail here!)

The sign at a local business. (I grabbed the shot quickly as I was in a hurry to set up my table - if anyone knows which shop this was please let me know so I can add that detail here!)

Gather hosted us , for yoga, the book signing, and the seminar. What a cool day for a great cause.

Gather hosted us , for yoga, the book signing, and the seminar. What a cool day for a great cause.

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:

  1. Do everything you can to keep your body and brain healthy NOW.

  2. If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, get to a doctor for an assessment and discussion. Don’t wait.

  3. 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/

Sometimes I can’t believe I’m managed to write three best-selling memory books!

Sometimes I can’t believe I’m managed to write three best-selling memory books!

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):

Demonstrating how memory works with a hack for remembering your grocery list - an easy way to exercise your memory on a regular basis.

Demonstrating how memory works with a hack for remembering your grocery list - an easy way to exercise your memory on a regular basis.

The book signing and later seminar were held at Gather, where there were also two free yoga classes by Haley.

At the seminar we heard from:

Erika Sellar Ryan talking about the legal considerations before and after the diagnosis.

Erika Sellar Ryan talking about the legal considerations before and after the diagnosis.

Heather O’Connor discussing the value of early dementia assessment.

Heather O’Connor discussing the value of early dementia assessment.

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!

Discussing the differences between typical age-related memory changes and the warning signs of Alzheimer’s/dementia.

Discussing the differences between typical age-related memory changes and the warning signs of Alzheimer’s/dementia.