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Kentuckians, Hoosiers plan day of activities for Alzheimer's and 'The Longest Day'

Volunteers from across Kentucky and Southern Indiana have planned numerous activities for “The Longest Day,” held every year on June 21, the summer solstice and the day with the most hours of sunlight.
The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Teams complete a day filled with activity to raise funds and awareness for programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.

(Photo from Alz.org)

(Photo from Alz.org)

The Longest Day activities in Kentucky and Southern Indiana include teams that have registered to hike, craft, run, play games and bicycle or spin throughout the day.
Select specific activities include:
· Evansville Duplicate Bridge Club Tournament: The tournament starts off with a head-to-head team game at 5 a.m., followed by pair games and Swiss team games throughout the day. All sanction fees will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association; personal donations will be collected as well. 1551 S. Green River Road, Evansville. Contact Lon Bell, 812-626-7562, ldjebell@wowway.com.

· Rockin the Roadhouse Rock-a-thon at Texas Roadhouse, Lexington: From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Texas Roadhouse will host an all-day rocking chair rock-a-thon. Participants are to bring their own chairs and will enjoy live music, hourly giveaways and a visit from Miss Kentucky. Pre-registration begins June 5; registration packets are available at the event location, Texas Roadhouse, 3030 Lakecrest Circle, Lexington. Contact Lisa Gilliam, Lexingtonrh4@yahoo.com, 859-948-1819.
· Music at University of Evansville’s Longest Day: A music festival by the University of Evansville Music Therapy program begins at 7 a.m. with coffee/social hour, followed by music activities, including drum circles, Karaoke, musical bingo, a pick-up band and a choir. The festivities conclude with an open mic night. Donations are accepted at the door; guests of all ages can enjoy full day of music activities or just spend part of their day at the event. Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, Rotherwood Avenue, Evansville. Visit evansville or contact Kathy Murphy, 812-488-2880, km301@evansville.edu.
· Lexington Bridge Club Event: Two bridge games will be held the day of the event; one begins at 10 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m. Players at all skill levels are encouraged to attend. All proceeds plus personal donations will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Lexington Bridge Club, 3517 Lansdowne Dr. Contact Sondra Holt, 859-245-9770, seholt44@twc.com.
· Natural Bridge Hike: Students are planning an eight-mile hike beginning at 8 a.m. and including a “Sunset Ceremony” and cook-out. Hiker sponsors donate toward each hour the participants hike, and all ages are encouraged to participate. Food will be provided by Whitaker Bank. Meet at The Natural Bridge State Resort Park, 2135 Natural Bridge Rd. in Slade. Contact Shannon Rogers, 606-481-4905.
· Hyden to Hazard Hike: On Friday, June 20, Hyden-resident and nurse administrator at the Patton Veteran’s Center, Greg Gilbert, has put together a team to raise money and awareness by walking a 13-mile route across the Hal Rogers Parkway from Hyden to Hazard. Contact Greg Gilbert at GregGilbert@ky.gov, 606-435-6196.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including 167,000 in Kentucky and Indiana, and this number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.
To start a team or learn more about The Longest Day, visit longestday. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.
From Alz/KyIn

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