INDIANA – The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host a virtual The Longest Day® kickoff event on Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Bruce Lamb, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at IU School of Medicine, about the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia research.
Stephanie Laskey, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter program director, will provide an update on how the Association is continuing to offer free support and resources to those facing the disease as the pandemic continues. Two Greater Indiana Chapter participants in The Longest Day will share how they have been affected by the disease and how they plan to raise funds and awareness through the event.
Each year, on or around the summer solstice and the day with the most light, volunteers participate in The Longest Day to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. Common fundraising activities include golf tournaments, fitness challenges, parties and events, games, and crafts.
“We wanted to kick off this season with an update on dementia research and programs because that is the important work this event funds,” said Jennifer Buddenbaum, manager, The Longest Day Greater Indiana Chapter. “Many participants will take their own hobbies and turn them into fundraisers. Others will choose something that honors a loved one, such as a bake sale with their grandmother’s favorite recipes. The possibilities really are endless, and this kickoff is a great way for those who want to make a difference to decide how they can get involved.”
About 110,000 Hoosiers are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and another 215,000 are serving as unpaid family caregivers.
Registration for the kickoff is free and available at bit.ly/TLDkickoff22.