Summer solstice, this year on June 20, is not just the longest day of the year. It is also the day to fight Alzheimer’s. “The day with the most light is the day we fight.”

Millions of Americans suffer from some form of dementia, with the largest number (5.8 million) having Alzheimer’s. I have been thrust into the middle of this horrible disease, being the caregiver for both parents who have been diagnosed with different dementias. As a teenager, I first encountered Alzheimer’s when my grandmother had it.

2 thoughts on “The Day with the Most Light

  1. Laura

    Thank you for sharing this. We were told with my mom that *this moment* is the only moment she has…she doesn’t remember the moment before when she asked you the same question the moment before that and the moment before that. It helps put things in perspective. And, the knowledge that she might forget the event, but not the emotion, good, bad, ugly. Such a horrible disease.

    1. Taryn Hutchison Post author

      I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this, too. Good reminder about “this moment.” I also see how my dad can sense when he is loved, even if he doesn’t remember the person or their name.


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