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Event held to provide resources to caregivers, those with Alzheimer’s disease

At an event held Thursday, families are encouraged to come out to the event to share their personal experiences about living with Alzheimer’s. (WCHS/WVAH)

June 21 marks the longest day of the year, and it’s also a day recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association.

This year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority the Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter in Charleston has teamed up with the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s.

The sorority is hosting an event next Wednesday called “Songs and Praise to Remember.”

Families are encouraged to come out to the event to share their personal experiences about living with Alzheimer’s.

"Speaking to people who have journeyed down that road or are maybe currently journeying down that road is going to be very helpful to people because you can ask questions,” said Christy Day, Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter in Charleston. “People can say well this is happening, does this mean that my mother or my father or maybe I am suffering from Alzheimer’s?"

Experts from the Alzheimer’s Association will be present to share information about resources available to help caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s.

"There is no cure for this disease, so it's really a big reality check when you have the diagnosis and you don't know how to fix it,” said Nikki Kinder, Special Events Coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association in West Virginia. “It's definitely going to open up a conversation in this community that I don't think a lot of people on the west side really discuss a lot and want to be open about, so we just want to say we're here when you're ready to talk."

According to Kinder, there are more than 37,000 people living in West Virginia with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Songs and Praise to Remember event details:

  • When: June 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Grace Bible Church, 600 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston, WV

Anyone is welcome to attend the free event.

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