June is recognized as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. During this time, the Alzheimer’s Association promotes “The Longest Day” on June 21, 2022 (the longest day of the year). Groups nationwide host activities where funds and awareness are raised to help with advancing research toward Alzheimer’s and educating people about this horrible disease. The special times of recognition show support for millions of people living with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia worldwide.

Those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease typically like sweets, so the Parker University Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will host the 4th Annual Longest Day Baked Goods Sale and Basket Raffle on June 21, 2022, in the South Building Foyer, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.

Occupational therapy practitioners are constantly tasked with educating others, so these students will be passing out cards featuring educational material regarding Alzheimer’s disease. Attached to each card will be a purple “awareness” ribbon for the recipient of the card to wear with their purple clothing to support the cause. Parker will have a large photo frame available so anyone who chooses to donate can take a photo to post on Instagram with the hashtags #ENDALZ and #TheLongestDay. In photos, individuals can hold signs indicating why they “go purple.”

How will you help make a difference during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month this year? Be sure you also plan to participate in your community’s World Alzheimer’s Day events on September 21, 2022.

About Parker University

Parker University, the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas and the fastest-growing college in Dallas, was founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic). Today, Parker University has more than 1,800 students and more than 35 academic programs, including its famed chiropractic program, as well as master’s degrees in neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, strength and human performance, and functional nutrition. Currently, Parker University’s chiropractic cohort is the second largest of any campus in the world. Parker University has been recognized as a Great College to Work For®, one of the 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges in the U.S., and as a recipient of the 2021 FutureEdge 50 Awards.