Activities taking place across North Carolina for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June activities to support 180,000 North Carolina residents living with Alzheimer’s disease

This June, during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association chapters in North Carolina are hosting activities statewide to elevate the conversation on the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. Established by the Alzheimer’s Association in 2014, Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month is dedicated to encouraging a global conversation about the brain and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.

During Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, join the Alzheimer’s Association in North Carolina for these activities to support the 180,000 North Carolinians living with Alzheimer’s and their 356,000 caregivers.

Healthy Brain, Healthy Body, Healthy You Symposium
June 13-16 | 12:15 – 1:15 PM

Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, cognitive activity and social engagement. Discover strategies and activities to incorporate into your plan for healthy aging in our four-part series. Sponsored by Sharon Towers, this series includes sessions on healthy habits, therapeutic horticulture, food prep, and mindfulness. Participants may join all sessions or just those of interest. Learn more.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
June 9 | 10:15-11:15 AM | Lake Toxaway, N.C.
June 15 | 11 AM – Noon | Candler, N.C.

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Learn more: Lake Toxaway | Candler

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
June 30 | 6-7 PM

Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Alzheimer’s experts will share how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection; benefits of diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Learn more.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
June 15 | 10:30-11:30 AM | Wilmington, N.C.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for some symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Learn more.

Mental Health & The Aging Brain: Prevention, Diagnosis & Treatment
June 9 | 6-7:30 PM

Part of the “Under the Dementia Umbrella” series, this program will provide an understanding of mental health issues that can occur prior to and after diagnosis of a neurocognitive disorder. Learn how to identify and understand key differences in dementia and neurocognitive symptoms, and what interventions and treatments are available. Learn More.

The Impact of HIV on Brain Health
June 16 | 11 AM – Noon

Part of the “Thrive with Pride” monthly series. While many issues are the same for all older adults and those who care for them, some unique considerations arise for LGBTQ+ people dealing with aging. Each month various topics are discussed related to brain health, caregiving and the unique issues that impact LGBTQ+ individuals. During this June program learn about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages and risk factors, current research and the impact of HIV to long-term cognitive health. Learn more.

Additional information on educational programs and other care and support resources or how to get involved with the Association, can be found by visiting act.alz.org/ncmonthlyprograms or by calling our 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900).


Fight the Darkness of Alzheimer’s on the Day with the Most Light. The Longest Day – June 21

During June, the Alzheimer’s Association is also inviting North Carolina residents to participate in The Longest Day® on June 21. Held annually on the summer solstice, The Longest Day invites participants to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising activity of their choice. Throughout the month and culminating on June 21, Longest Day participants will use their creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Participants will bake, bike, hike, golf, knit, play bridge and take part in other favorite activities. Here’s just a few examples of the more than 160 activities taking place across North Carolina for The Longest Day. We welcome you to attend one of these event or create your own activity for The Longest Day.

Alzheimer’s Association Awareness Nights at Greensboro Grasshoppers Home Games
June 3, 17, & 24 | First National Bank Field | Greensboro, NC

Bankers Life, a national life and health insurance brand of CNO Financial Group, invites fans to attend “Alzheimer’s Association Awareness Nights” at upcoming Greensboro Grasshoppers Minor League Baseball home games on June 3, 17 and 24. These events will amplify the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bankers Life’s continued support of the Association through its national Forget Me Not Days® campaign.

These awareness nights are a great way for you to participate in a community event that shines a light on the darkness of Alzheimer’s. Come out and enjoy the fun:

  • Wear purple and show your support for the fight to #ENDALZ
  • The first 300 people to come by the Bankers Life/Alzheimer’s Association table will get a free pair of purple sunglasses!
  • Enjoy our fireworks show after each game.
  • Last but certainly not least, the Greensboro Grasshoppers will be wearing custom ALZ jerseys that will be auctioned off at the last game on June 24 to benefit The Longest Day! 

Learn more.

Family Dance Party CLT
June 11 | 1-5 PM | Symphony Park | Charlotte, NC

Hosted by MIX 107.9’s Ramona Holloway whose mother Wheezy passed away from dementia last year, this event provides adults and children with a fun opportunity to support families affected by dementia and to give children who want to help others a chance to learn more about using their time and talents to support charity. Presented by Jamison Realty and Ally Financial, the event will feature DJ Arroe Collins from LA Productions, multiple dance contests, games, and snacks! Ramona will host a series of contests throughout the event – including prizes for the winners. The dance contests must consist of at least one child and one adult family member. Learn more.

The Power for Purple Palooza
June 11-18 | Moore County

Activities taking place across Moore County for all ages! The week includes an immersive murder mystery dinner, golf outings, movie night, give back nights, and even a smores event. The main event on June 18, will include tennis and pickleball play a 5K fun run, silent auction, raffles, a corn-hole tournament, inflatables and games for children, food trucks, beverages from local breweries and wineries, and DJ. And the entire week will conclude with a free live concert that evening. Learn more.

The Longest Ride
June 18 | 9 AM – 2 PM | Anderson Point Park | Raleigh, N.C.

Cyclists of all ability levels are invited to join this fun ride to raise funds for The Longest Day. Participants ride to honor those who face Alzheimer’s with strength, heart, and endurance every day of their lives. Our ride is only a small sacrifice that does so much to support programs and services for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. Join an existing ride team or start your own. Learn more.

For more information and to register for The Longest Day, visit alz.org/thelongestday.

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