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Sisters Rotary Sponsors Alzheimer’s Awareness Seminar In Conjunction with Association’s “The Longest Day”

May 22, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

May 23, 2023


Contact:  Sisters Rotary Member Debbi McCune, DMc@Next-PhaseRealty.com or 541-647-0052

Sisters Rotary Sponsors Alzheimer’s Awareness Seminar In Conjunction with Association’s “The Longest Day”

Sisters, OR – Toward raising awareness of the global increase and impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia, the Council on Aging of Central Oregon and the Sisters Rotary Club will conduct a free series of talks on the morning of June 23 at the Sisters Firehouse Community Center. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and sessions run through the noon hour.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of Dementia and Alzheimer’s in the Sisters and Central Oregon communities and it coincides with Alzheimer Association’s The Longest Day. The Longest Day is the day with the most light – the summer solstice. On June 21, people from across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through awareness and fundraising efforts nationwide.

The statistical impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia is staggering.

  • About one in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s.
  • Almost two-thirds of those are women.Overall, an estimated 6.7 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in 2023.
  • Seventy-three percent are age 75 or older.
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • Deaths from Alzheimer’s have more than doubled between 2000 and 2019, while those from heart disease — the leading cause of death — have decreased.
  • At age 70, seniors living with Alzheimer’s are twice as likely to die before age 80 than those who do not have the disease.
  • As the size of the country’s population age 65 and older continues to grow, so too will the number and proportion of Americans with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s may grow to a projected 12.7 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs or a cure.

The June 23 presentation will commence with a presentation on the 10 warning signs of dementia followed by four “Sis Talks” to include:

  1. The Importance of Social Engagement
  2. Staying Physical, Why It Matters
  3. Why Balanced Nutrition is Important
  4. Keeping Your Brain Engaged

There are plans to have two panel Q&A sessions to both provide and gather information from those in attendance. For those at the seminar, there will be a raffle for a two-night stay at Suttle Lake to raise funds for the Central Alzheimer’s group.

The Sisters community is also conducting a 50-kilometer Alzheimer’s Summer Solstice Spin Challenge at Sisters Athletic Club. 15 spin bikes with cyclists planning to raise at least $1500 for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Oregon on the June 21 Solstice. Tate Metcalf, owner of the Sisters Athletic Club, is helping make the Challenge possible and supporting the effort.

Sisters Rotary Club member and Alzheimer’s Association advocate Debbi McCune said, “So many of us live with the devastating impact of dementia and Alzheimer’s in our communities and there is so much to be learned about how to best fight and deal with its affect on our daily lives.”

Sisters Rotary Club President-Elect Bill Kelly said, “Our club wholly supports Deb and her dedication to this work. Our 33-member club is proud to sponsor further community awareness of the battle against Alzheimer’s locally and throughout the nation.”



May 22, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Sisters Fire Community Hall
301 South Elm Street
Sisters, 97759
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