The Longest Day – Alzheimer’s and dementia awareness, education and support
Guest Contributer: Anna Pollard, LICSW, A-CSWCM, Director of Clinical Services, LifeCare Advocates
June 21 is commonly known as the Summer Solstice, the day with the most daylight of the year. It is a day of celebration and hope, especially in New England, looking forward to the warm summer months ahead!
June 21 is also known in the dementia care community as The Longest Day, occurring during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – a day to raise awareness of dementia and fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association to continue to provide support to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families. Many community events are planned around this day to “fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s” (act.alz.org), and “honor the strength, heart and endurance of people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers” (PRNewswire.com, June 20, 2016). The sunrise to sunset duration of the event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers (PRNewswire.com, June 20, 2016).
At LifeCare Advocates, our care managers support multiple families daily in managing the care of their loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. These progressive diseases can be difficult to diagnose, accept, and manage. We provide education, support and advocacy for families who are struggling to understand the actions and behaviors of their loved one and support their loved one’s care needs while caring for themselves. We can provide recommendations for interventions including care and support of the client in their home by a trusted home care provider or in a quality care facility which we feel is a good match for that individual and their needs. Our skilled, professional clinical care managers are well-versed in the many stages of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and the impact this disease can have on families. We are committed to supporting our clients and their families to live their best life with dementia.
We often recommend that people in our clients’ support systems utilize the wide array of services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association including written and online educational material, support groups, case consultation, and 24-hour hotline. The Alzheimer’s Association also provides support and education to professionals with their annual Map Through the Maze conference, attended by several of our care managers. LifeCare Advocates supports the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association with our team participating in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and a member of our leadership team volunteers as a Caregiver Support Group Facilitator.
Alzheimer’s and dementia can be a great challenge for families and caregivers, and we welcome the opportunity to assist families in supporting their loved one living their best life with dementia. If you are interested in hearing more about our services, please contact us at 617-928-0200 to speak with one of our clinical leadership team.