OSWEGO – Local volunteers will join in a worldwide event to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease at the Oswego Farmer’s Market on Thursday, June 20. The annual “Longest Day” event is organized by the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness for care and support for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

Elizabeth Weimer, coordinator of caregiver services for the Oswego County Office for the Aging, said the Alzheimer’s Association usually promotes June 21, the summer solstice, as the “Longest Day;” however, individual communities and organizations choose when and how they can best show their love and support.

“We’re hosting this second annual event with the farmer’s market to collaborate as a community and honor the strength, heart and endurance of people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers,” she said.

Volunteers will meet at the Oswego Farmer’s Market at 5 p.m., take photos and discuss the “Longest Day” event, and then walk the “Healthy Mile” around the bridges at 5:30 p.m.

“We encourage people to wear purple, the color of the Alzheimer’s Association, to show their love and support,” said Weimer.

The event will only be cancelled if the Oswego Farmer’s Market is cancelled.

Oswego City Hall will be lit with purple lights to honor all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and this number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by the year 2050.

For more information, contact Weimer at the Oswego County Office for the Aging, phone 315-349-3570, e-mail Elizabeth.Weimer@oswegocounty.com.

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