BULLHEAD CITY — Sunridge Village will be hosting a bake sale next week to benefit the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, which continues working toward its goal of seeing someone be the first-ever survivor of Alzheimer’s.

The local bake sale will be part of the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day fundraising effort, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the assisted living and retirement facility, 839 Landon Drive.

The summer solstice, June 21, is the longest day of the year and the inspiration for the event name. The idea is to spend that long stretch of sunlight standing against the darkness of Alzheimer’s. Such events will do this not only by raising money for the work of the Alzheimer’s Association, but also by highlighting the organization’s care, support and research efforts.

“We’ll have all kinds of baked goods,” said Cindy Eno, Oasis director at Sunridge. “Someone will bring jerky and there will be caramel corn, too.”

Eno said a bake sale makes sense because people linked to the facility have relationships with many who love to bake. Expect to have a variety of breads, cakes, cookies and other treats from which to choose.

Participants in events on the Longest Day across the world come together and “fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice,” according to the organization’s website, alz.org

Other examples of fundraisers the organization provides for those who seek to help raise funds include exercise, sports, games, hobbies, arts, parties and other gatherings.

People interested in bringing food to the fundraiser at Sunridge need to bring it already packaged and ready for sale, Eno said. 

But even more important is that those who might want to purchase items or just donate money to the Alzheimer’s Association can do so by coming up to Sunridge Village. It’s also a personal matter to people who work and volunteer at Sunridge: There are 30 memory care residents there — almost one-third of the 97-person population, Eno added.

For details on selling or buying food items, call Eno at 928-754-0700.

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease but an overall term describing a group of symptoms. 

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and an estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with the disease. Worldwide, an estimated 50 million people suffer from the disease.

There is no known cause or cure for the disease although some treatments appear to help symptoms. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older, but Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. About 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information because Alzheimer’s changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning. As Alzheimer’s advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including disorientation, mood and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time and place; unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers; more serious memory loss and behavior changes; and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.

People with memory loss or other possible signs of Alzheimer’s may find it hard to recognize they have a problem. Signs of dementia may be more obvious to family members or friends. Anyone experiencing dementia-like symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible.

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