Alzheimer’s Associations Holds “Longest Day” Fundraiser

image-3On a Summer’s day you can catch people playing a card game, like bridge, to pass the time.

“It’s a wonderful leveler. It’s great for the aging brain. And it’s a fun game,” said Ginger Dewing, the director of the Alzheimer’s Association’s marathon bridge game.

The game is part of the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day Fundrasier.

The organizer of the event, Donald Murray, said “There’s definitely a theory people who play bridge probably delay Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”

The fundraiser is held on the first day of Summer each year, typically the day with the longest amount of sunshine.

It serves as a reminder of the long hours people struggling with the disease and their caregivers go through. It also promotes ways to keep your brain feeling young.

“Bridge is an exercise of the brain. You jog you feel good, when we play bridge we feel good.”

There may be some things that can keep your mind active that you haven’t though of, such as baking.

Members of the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s planning committee are serving up for whoopie pies to contribute to the cause.

Hospice Liaison at Beacon Hospice, Anne Donovan-Fortier, said “It’s to let them know we’re thinking of them. We’re here and were doing something, something to help.”

These desserts will be taken to Dover-Foxcroft’s Whoopie Pie Festival on Saturday to raise money for the 5k Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 5th.

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