Longest Day Celebration in Claremore targets awareness, fundraising

Jessie Lingenfelter has celebrated 103 birthdays, but this time she is celebrating the longest day of the year at The Brookfield in Claremore in hopes of raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

The statistic is all too real for families – 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and the number is growing fast. Better understanding of memory loss and care for those faced with the disease was at the heart of the “2018 The Longest Day” event at The Brookfield Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Claremore.

“Far too many people are struggling with the impact of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia,” said Debbie Hudson, executive director of The Brookfield. “Our goal is to help as many families understand the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s as possible and to assist in getting help to care for mom or dad.”

Each year, the Alzheimer’s Association hosts The Longest Day, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the official onset of summer. It is part of a global movement raising money and awareness to end Alzheimer’s

The Claremore event again proved a success with a variety of family-friendly activities and a healthy dose of information about issues related to memory loss. From the “Senior Olympics” games to the dunk tank with local celebrities as well as games, food and other treats, it was a day designed for fun. The Brookfield also offered tours of the facility’s memory support wing to help families learn more about specialized care for those dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

“I think guests were especially interested to see how we couple independent living in an environment designed with an aim of providing compassionate and professional memory support and care,” Hudson added.

Although there was no charge to attend, donations were accepted for the Alzheimer’s Association and its efforts to advance research aimed at ending Alzheimer’s disease.

The Brookfield Assisted Living and Memory Care facility is located at 916 East 16th Street in Claremore. To learn more, contact the facility at (918) 343-3850.