Do what you like June 20 to benefit Alzheimer’s victims

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Camilla Farrell

Living with Alzheimer’s by Camilla Farrell

The Longest Day is a signature event for the Alzheimer’s Association. Held on the summer solstice, June 20, teams across the globe honor those facing Alzheimer’s disease with strength, heart and endurance.

From sunrise to sunset, teams participate by putting their passion to good work — doing what they love, trying something new or selecting an activity that honors a friend or family member.

Join us as a team captain or team member and take part in your favorite activity such as running or biking, playing bridge, baking, reading or dancing; and honor family members by doing some of their favorite things.

The event represents the idea that for those facing the disease, every day can seem like the longest day. Teams are asked to raise $1,600 and create their own event-day experience.  For just $20, you can sign up and get started at

In observance of the The Longest Day, the Rhode Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting an “All-Day Book Fair Bonanza” at the Barnes & Noble, 1350 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be something for everyone, including book signings, an art show, movies, children’s reading time with local celebrities and food demonstrations.

A portion of what you purchase that day and online from June 20 to 24 with a voucher that can be downloaded at will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Items in the café are included. People can download the voucher to their mobile device or bring it with them to the store.

The Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter, an affiliate of the National Alzheimer’s Association, is a private, nonprofit organization started in 1989 by family caregivers and interested community health care professionals.

Chapter programs and services include a 24/7 help line, support groups, training for families, early stage engagement, a newsletter, advocacy, resource library, conferences, lectures and special fundraising events.

If you are interested in receiving more information, contact Program Manager Annie Murphy at  or me at

Camilla Farrell is development director of the Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter in Providence. She can be reached at (401) 421-0008 or

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