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Valley groups cater to caregivers during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:19 am

In 2014, the Alzheimer’s Association designated June Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in order to support those with Alzheimer’s and those caring for them, in addition to promoting early detection. This year, the monthlong observance culminates on the summer solstice, June 21, with The Longest Day, an event offering individuals and groups the opportunity to host private or public events in order to raise money and awareness to support the organization’s continuing service.

Alzheimer’s kills more people annually than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Almost 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, while another 16.1 million provide unpaid care for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Arizona has 140,000 individuals living with the disease and the second-highest growth rate for Alzheimer’s in the country, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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