July 25, 2021

Paying tribute

The Longest Day walk, in honor of caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s, Saturday at Park Centre

For those affected by Alzheimer’s, whether they have the disease or are caring for a friend or loved one who does, each day can feel like the longest day. To honor those people and the ones they care for, Park Centre in Newton is hosting The Longest Day walk.

“This unique event is held annually, on the day with the most light — the summer solstice,” Park Centre Sales Director Margot Voshell said. “We chose this longest day of the year, to honor those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, for whom every day is the longest day.”

Anytime between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday, the public is invited to Park Centre to walk. A free will donation will be taken and donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We will have several walking routes so people can walk a short distance or put in miles,” Voshell said.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth-leading case of death in the United States. 16 million Americans care for a friend or family member living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

Of those Americans living with Alzheimer’s almost two-thirds are women. Worldwide, an estimated 50 million people are living with dementia.

For the caregiving, there are more than 11 million people providing unpaid care for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Those caregivers provide an estimated 15.3 billion hours of care valued at nearly $257 billion.

In 2021, Alzheimer’s and other dementias are predicted to cost the country $355 billion and by 2050 that cost could rise to more than $1.1 trillion. The Alzheimer’s Association also said Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths have increased 16 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information about The Longest Day walk, contact Park Centre in Newton.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com