BREVARD COUNTY — In a national effort to raise awareness for dementia and care, One Senior Place is participating in “The Longest Day,” an event created by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Everyone is invited to join in the free event, from the general public and healthcare providers to caregivers and their loved ones.

The Longest Day is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera.

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that more than six million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and one out of three seniors dying from it. Learning about the resources available to provide care and find care is something you may not realize you or a loved one needs.

Attendees can participate in a Virtual Dementia Tour, which enables the user through a device that alters the senses to experience the physical and mental challenges by completing tasks those with dementia face daily.

The Virtual Dementia Tour is a 45-minute experience and, along with participating in a separate activity - a memory test - pre-registration is encouraged by calling (321) 751-6771.

“Memory tests can be done starting at any age in adulthood,” said Barbara Fradkin, director at One Senior Place. “What is important is to do them when you feel you are having some problems with your memory, or if a family member has been diagnosed with dementia.”

Ms. Fradkin added that people often will ask what is normal and not normal when it comes to remembering things.

“Normal is sometimes forgetting why you came into the room,” she said. “What is not normal is driving and not knowing where you are, even though you have been there many times before. The Alzheimer’s Association website has some really good resources that talk about this.”

One Senior Place offers memory testing twice per month, and is a free service done by Merritt Island Medical Research. Tests are done in confidence with the results sent to your doctor.

Baseline memory screenings can be a vital test to have done in your adult life.

As Ms. Fradkin said, “If something would happen and your cognition was impaired, the baseline screening results would let the doctors to know if this is something new or not.”

One Senior Place also has a support group for caregivers that meets once a month.

The Longest Day will include lavender hand massages for caregivers and a supervised, creative art project “Making Memories” for those with cognitive decline.

The art project could involve painting, using markers, colored pencils, or whatever other art forms that allows the person with dementia to express themselves.

Ms. Fradkin said, “Many people with dementia can draw beautiful pictures either by copying them or using their imagination. It is a great activity for those with dementia to have a way to put their words into artwork.”

To learn more about what One Senior Place has available, visit www.oneseniorplace.com.

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