Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Longest Day: How To Get Started

The Longest Day is on June 21st! Are you ready to celebrate the summer solstice in the best way we know how? On the longest day of the year, you can advocate for a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Whether you choose to host a sunrise to sunset party, play golf, or read amongst fellow book lovers, there’s an endless list of activities you can do! Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Register! Start a team or join a team and make June 21 a day you’ll share with your friends for years to come!

Step 2: Plan! What would you LOVE to do from sunrise to sunset? Gather friends and family for a brainstorming session. Honor the strength, heart, and endurance of those facing this devastating disease by doing something you’re passionate about!

Step 3: Fundraise! Every team is asked to register and raise a minimum of $1,600 to further the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Fundraise leading up to and on The Longest Day!

Step 4: Stay updated! Join us on Facebook for updates and lots of share-worthy posts that will have you hash tagging #EndALZ loud and proud!

Monday, April 20, 2015

3 Tips To Help This April

April brings with it so many opportunities to get out there and help move the cause forward. In our fight to #EndALZ, how will you choose to act this month?

1. Learn to love Fridays (even more!) First Fridays, that is. Have you marked your calendar for May 1? That's when our next First Friday series is happening ... and it's a session you won't want to miss! Can comfort food pack nutrition too? You bet! Join us for lunch with former executive chef George Mrus, bring your loved one along, and ... ah. Take a breath. Learn more here.

2. Experience The ... Longest ... Day. We're excited about celebrating The Longest Day this year with our entire Alzheimer's community! For caregivers, every day can be a very long day. Walk a day in their shoes, doing something you LOVE from sun up to sun down. You'll raise money along the way, gain a better understanding of Alzheimer's Disease and how it affects caregivers AND honor your loved ones! Check it out.

3. Celebrate National Volunteer Month! April brings spring showers, flowers, sunshine, fresh air ... and a whole lot of opportunities to make a difference by volunteering! It's National Volunteer Month, and we want YOU! We're always looking for passionate volunteers to help in so many ways. Want to learn more? We're waiting for your call!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Longest Day: 3 Things You Should Know

The Longest Day is a revolutionary event created by the Alzheimer’s Association. It puts this harrowing disease into perspective for those who have never been close enough to fully understand its effects. The elusive idea that perhaps the ones we love might lose their memory to Alzheimer’s disease is foreign and oftentimes difficult to wrap our minds around ... Even for those fighting in the trenches.

On June 21st, will your team work from sunrise to sunset, honoring the strength, heart, and endurance of those facing this devastating disease? Here are 3 things you should know:

1. Where do I start? Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity to honor someone who has faced or is facing the disease. From bowling to gardening to partying, there’s so much you can do!

2. Why June 21st? The summer solstice falls on June 21st, marking the first day of summer. It’s also the longest day of the year from sunrise to sunset. By joining us on The Longest Day, you honor those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers each and every day.

3. Where do the funds raised go? Each penny donated on The Longest Day gets put to good use. From face-to-face support to online education programs and promising worldwide research initiatives, the money you raise makes a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s as well as their families.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Get Ready for Memory Day

It's almost Memory Day, friends! This year on April 15th, passionate Ohioans like you will raise their voices to advocate for the end of Alzheimer’s disease. Will you contribute yours?

Isn’t it time that better programs and services for people with dementia be put into place? Isn’t it time that funding for sate-supported services increase? Isn’t it time that improvements in quality of care for those receiving long-term care services come to pass? Of course it is!

Your voice matters. You will have the opportunity on Memory Day to reach state elected officials and ask them to produce real policy change. Your involvement is part of a movement to change the way your government and the public addresses the Alzheimer’s epidemic … and it is an epidemic. RSVP today!

Can’t make it on April 15th? Learn how you can join the fight to #EndALZ!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Celebrate National Volunteer Month

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

National Volunteer Month this April is the perfect time to live well. It's a quick-paced, sometimes bumpy, and often times chaotic life that we lead. So when you have the urge to hide under a blanket at the end of the week and recuperate with a plate of comfort food, remembering these things can help you make someone's day a little brighter:

You are one-of-a-kind. Volunteering can give you a healthy boost of confidence. When you are doing good for others and the community, don’t you feel accomplished? Find something that inspires you to leave the world in better condition than when you came into it!

You have a beautiful spirit. Volunteering sheds light on the beauty in your own soul. Let your light shine and share with the world a spirit they’ll never forget!

You are strong. Volunteering is good for your health! Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants!

So, what do you say? Here's the perfect place to kick off National Volunteer Month with a bang!