By Nikki Torian – The Longest Day of the year for 2017 was June 21, 2017. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Pi Eta Omega chapter celebrated the day with multiple activities. “The Longest Day” is all about love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. On the summer solstice, this International “Impact Day” asked members and friends to participate in any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s. Together, we raised funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.
The activities began at 1o a.m. and continued until late that evening. Chapter members and friends began the day at the Palm Garden Rehabilitation Center assisting the residents in “making summer hats”. In the afternoon, citizens were given a packet of information on Alzheimer’s provided by the Mayo Clinic. Beginning at noon, members and friends met at the SOS Academy for an afternoon of brain stimulating activities: board games, spades, bid whist, scrabble, crossword puzzles, word searches, stimulating conversation, knitting, and snacking.
The evening activities were conducted at the Island Life Grill on Fleming Island with line dancing and dining. The Restaurant donated a percentage of the proceeds to Alzheimer’s in the name of the chapter and Sorority.
More than 50 members and friends, including spouses and children, participated in one or more of the activities planned for the day and more than $700 was raised on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association.