Local event raises money for Alzheimer's research

Event held on one of the longest days of the year
Posted at 8:21 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 23:59:03-04

MEQUON -- The official start of summer begins at 5:34 p.m. Monday. It is also one of the longest days of the year.

Advocates with the Alzheimer's Association are hoping the day will symbolize the long struggle for those living with the disease.

Alzheimer's disease essentially attacks the brain's nerve cells, resulting in loss of memory. Eventually, it can cause someone to lose their ability to talk, or even eat on their own.

Connie McLaughlin attended a yoga session on Monday in Mequon hosted by the Alzheimer's Association. It was part of of an event called "The Longest Day."

McLaughlin said her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about two years ago.

"I took him to the doctor to check his memory. He couldn't remember who was running for governor and he was reading five papers a day at the time," McLaughlin said.

The Alzheimer's Association has planned events across Southeast Wisconsin throughout the day. To learn more follow this link.