Oswego County Joins Alzheimer’s Association to Mark ‘Longest Day’ June 20

June 7, 2024

Local volunteers join in a worldwide tribute organized by the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness for care and support for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. The annual “Longest Day” event starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at the Oswego Farmers’ Market on West First Street.

Elizabeth Weimer, coordinator of caregiver services for the Oswego County Office for the Aging, said this annual event is held on the date of the summer solstice to honor the strength, heart and endurance of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their caregivers.

Volunteers will meet at the city stage during the Oswego Farmers’ Market, take photos and discuss the meaning of the “Longest Day” before walking the “Healthy Mile” around the bridges at 5:30 p.m.

“We encourage people to wear purple, the color of the Alzheimer’s Association, to show their love and support,” added Weimer.

The event will be held rain or shine. It will only be canceled if the Oswego Farmers’ Market is also called off.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country, and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and this number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by the year 2050.

For more information, contact Weimer at the Oswego County Office for the Aging, 315-349-3570 or elizabeth.weimer@oswegocounty.com.