KICKING OFF THE LONGEST DAY FOR 2021

Join us — and bring your friends — for a special event to kick off The Longest Day 2021 and learn more about how you can join the fight against Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. 

Whether you are a veteran of The Longest Day or you simply want to figure out what it is all about, our Kickoff Party is the place to be on Wednesday, January 27 from 6-6:50 PM! This won’t be your normal virtual meet up. 

Come prepared to…

  • get your creative juices flowing by hearing from other fundraisers who have found cool ways to go virtual and stay safe with The Longest Day 
  • become equipped with valuable resources for your fight to end Alzheimer’s
  • brainstorm with fellow participants on ways to plan, promote, and fundraise your The Longest Day idea

And to sweeten the deal, all attendees will have the chance of winning a graphic design package to support their The Longest Day plans!

Please RSVP for this exciting opportunity here.
Registrants will be sent conferencing details prior to the date of the Kickoff Party!

We hope to see you on screen then!


The day with the most light is the day we fight! On The Longest Day, thousands of participants from across the world will come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. Together, they will use their creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association®. Whether participating at home, online or in-person, we have plenty of fun ideas to engage family and friends in The Longest Day. Join the fun today!

WE ARE ALZ IN THIS TOGETHER!

YOU can help us reach our Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising goal and receive an exclusive mask! 

As we close out the year, let’s show everyone we are ALZ in this TOGETHER! Walkers who raise or donate an additional $35 for Walk to End Alzheimer’s will earn an ALZ mask — or raise $50+ to get a pair. Walk funds must be raised/donated between December 7-20. Get going today at georgiawalk.org

In addition to the exclusive mask up for grabs now through December 20, you can earn fundraising incentive prizes through December 31 starting at the $300 level!

Check out these creative holiday fundraising ideas:

  • Host a social distance holiday cookie sale
  • Looking for something fun to do? Create an outdoor holiday-themed scavenger hunt and invite others (near or far) to participate in exchange for a donation.
  • Do you love to cook? Host a virtual cooking class and share your favorite holiday recipes. Ask for a donation in order to attend.
  • Love dressing up your fur baby? Host a virtual holiday pet costume contest and charge a donation to participate.
  • Miss seeing your friends? Invite them to drive by and drop off loose change for a “penny parade”!

Whatever you enjoy doing, we encourage you to think of how you can turn it into a safe fundraiser for Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s isn’t giving up, and neither will we.

We want to thank all those who stepped up this year for the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Because of you, the Georgia Chapter is getting closer to our fundraising goal.  These critical dollars help the Alzheimer’s Association continue to provide free care and support throughout Georgia. It also helps us fund important research that will help us get to our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s and all dementias. 

SHINE A LIGHT ON ALZHEIMER’S

Join us on December 21, the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. On this eve we will shine our lights together to diminish the darkness of Alzheimer’s. 

WHEN: December 21 from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. 

We’ll gather via Zoom to hear from a few friends and shine a light in honor of all those impacted by Alzheimer’s. Bring your own luminary or light of hope as we join together to outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s. 

RSVP: tinyurl.com/LuminaryCeremony

When you participate in The Longest Day, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission-related initiatives of care, support and research. In addition, your actions, both through fundraising and participating in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community.

The Longest Day is the day with the most light – the summer solstice, but you don’t have to wait until June to honor your loved one. Stand up to the darkness of Alzheimer’s this December by

holding a fundraising activity in honor of the longest night of the year – the winter solstice.

Register by the winter solstice on December 21 to receive your free sunglasses and case, plus a complimentary upgrade to a performance material T-shirt*.

Together, we can get closer to our ultimate goal: the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.

A “Carpe Diem” Perspective on How to Holiday during 2020

Mary Caldwell, Early Stage Program Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter

Well, here we are good people- at the holiday season during one of the strangest years on record. 2020 has brought the world low and taught us exactly how crucial human connection is, especially to those living with dementia and the thousands of Georgians who stand with and care for them. As a gerontologist with the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, I manage the Carpe Diem, Early Stage Program. I can tell you it is a wonderful role that allows me to interact daily with some of the nicest Georgians you will ever meet.

Carpe Diem Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team – 2019

When COVID-19 restrictions began in March of this year, our program immediately pivoted to a virtual platform. At first, we were all beginners in the Zoom Tech World! “I can see you, but I can’t hear you” or “No, no, please stay muted” or “Remember, we can hear you”, sometimes even a “Just click the link in the email”. Looking back to late spring, I laugh at the way we clumsily came together virtually so we could maintain our connection. We learned together, we laughed at ourselves, and we experienced gratitude for this new technology that connected us safely at a time when being together in person is not an option.

Currently the Carpe Diem Virtual Program offers about twenty opportunities per month to members ranging from Virtual Gentle Yoga, “Musing Together at The High”, support groups for persons living with dementia as well as their care partners, to a monthly Lunch and Learn. The program would not be possible without a cadre of amazing and talented volunteers who facilitate the events. I often refer to our statewide early stage group as a community, because we certainly are connected in all the ways that matter. Members struggle together, laugh together, learn together, cry together and yes, learn to live with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment, or another dementia together.

Musings Together at the High Museum – 2016

During the past month or so, heading into the holiday season, we have discussed how we plan to spend the holidays. Many of the members, including myself, have children and grandchildren. Others either never had children or their children live far away. This is a diverse group in every way including age range. It is always interesting to share our individual and family traditions.

I admit, I was surprised when the overwhelming answer to “How will you all be spending the holidays”? was, “We don’t know”! But folks, there you have it. This lovely group representing women and men full of wisdom, experience, accomplishment, and expertise had no clue how to “Holiday” during a pandemic- and really, why should they? Talk about a first!

So, the question remains. How do we celebrate the 2020 holiday season when we cannot safely travel to see family, enjoy holiday meals with our families, or take part in the warm gatherings at home that mark the season? Does this mean we shouldn’t celebrate at all? Is 2020 going to rob us of this joy?

Carpe Diem members have an answer to those questions. NO! Some of my most favorite people in the world are living with dementia, or they are caring for someone living with dementia. I have learned so much from these friends who wake up each day and face uncertainty with grace, strength, humor, and gratitude. This makes me feel uniquely grateful myself to be able to share some advice for how to not just survive, but thrive, live life to the fullest and love during this crazy 2020 holiday season.

Come on and “Carpe Diem” with us through Holiday Season 2020 with these simple tips.

1) Take Care of Yourself:  Don’t stop the things that keep you healthy, happy, and going strong. 2020 is a marathon not a sprint and if we don’t rest, eat healthy, and continue to take care of our minds, bodies, and souls, we won’t be here to celebrate the end of COVID-19.

2) Stay Connected: Yes, we know you have Zoom fatigue. We know you want to gather with your people in person. We want that, too. Everyone wants that. But, really, wishing it won’t make it happen and it may just add to risk of depression and certainly will keep you from completely enjoying the ways we can stay connected. Make those Zoom plans to meet for the holidays, but also think about scheduling a coffee chat, or meeting for a virtual lunch. One of our grandfathers living with dementia has zoom reading time with his grandson and they love it! Set that laptop on the kitchen counter and bake cookies together. The essence of Carpe Diem is seizing the moment and focusing on what we can do- Not what we cannot do.

3) Lean into the Joy of Everyday Things: One of our care partners found a new passion on her daily walks with her husband who is living with early stage Alzheimer’s. They both began to notice the beauty in their Sandy Spring’s neighborhood- the flowers, grass, leaves, the other people in the park. This inspired her to begin photographing that beauty and making the most interesting leaf art, which I know will be treasured gifts for her family this holiday. Lean into the good feelings for those will carry you through the rough patches.  Be dedicated to recognizing the good. We magnify the things to which we give focus.

4) Let Go of Expectations: Go ahead and bring out all your favorite decorations, watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”, cook a turkey, make those homemade latkes, sing carols, watch the Macy’s Day Parade. Or don’t. Look, if we are honest, holidays are lovely, but they are also stressful and full of expectations that we pile on ourselves and others. 2020 gives you complete permission to go as far or as little as you like this year. Some Carpe Diem members have their decorations up already while others say they are giving it a rest this year. We have folks eating steak dinners and tacos while others are making traditional cornbread dressing. Have a discussion with you about you and ask yourself, what do I really want to do this holiday- then surprise yourself and do it!

Violette Peters and her mother Ablyne Winge.

To learn more about the early stage programs provided by the Georgia Chapter, visit Early Stage Programs or call 800-272-3900.

Show your Georgia pride and your commitment #ENDALZ!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s® looked different this year, but our supporters have truly stepped up across the state to keep fighting back against Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. We are so proud of Georgia, and we can’t thank you enough for your support.

Even though walk day is over, fundraising continues. Donations for the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through December 31, and we need your help to reach our statewide goal for 2020.

To keep up our momentum, we are excited to announce a new challenge! Today through November 30, anyone who raises or donates an additional $300 for a local walk will earn an exclusive Georgia Walk to End Alzheimer’s long sleeve t-shirt. There’s no better way to show your Georgia pride and your commitment to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

If you haven’t participated in Walk to End Alzheimer’s yet this year, take the first step now by registering at georgiawalk.org You can create your own private Walk Day by watching your local opening ceremony online and tracking your steps with our Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app . It’s easy to log in to your Participant Center to connect a Facebook fundraiser, ask your friends and family for their support, and check your fundraising progress. 

If you have walked with us this fall, we are so grateful for the steps you’ve already taken to fund Alzheimer’s research, care and support! In addition to the exclusive state t-shirt up for grabs through November 30, you can earn fundraising incentive prizes through December 31 starting at the $300 level!

Check out these creative fall fundraising ideas as well: 

  • Love dressing up your fur baby? Host a virtual pet costume contest and charge a donation to participate.
  • Have your Halloween jack-o-lanterns seen better days? Invite your friends to participate in a “Punkin Chunkin” contest in exchange for a donation and see who can fling their gourd the furthest.
  • Looking for something fun to do? Create an outdoor fall-themed scavenger hunt and invite others (near or far) to participate in exchange for a donation.
  • Do you love to cook? Host a virtual cooking class and share your favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Ask for a donation in order to attend.
  • Miss seeing your friends? Invite them to drive by and drop off loose change for a “penny parade”!

Whatever you enjoy doing, we encourage you to think of how you can turn it into a safe fundraiser for Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s isn’t giving up, and neither will we.

Thank you, Georgia for everything you’ve done to support this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s!