HarborChase of the Park Cities, a luxury senior living community dedicated to changing the perception of senior care in Dallas, invites the public to participate in its Longest Day event on Friday, June 21 at the community (located at 5917 Sherry Lane) from 8am to 8pm. On The Longest Day, thousands of people worldwide are encouraged to host an activity they are passionate about. HarborChase of the Park Cities believes there is an art to caregiving and feels the most appropriate way to celebrate The Longest Day is by offering inspiring, informative, and joyful creative sessions. The “Art of Caregiving” event will feature eight interactive sessions highlighting the power of music and movement, reminiscence, nurturing and more. The event will raise awareness of the commitment, community support and ongoing research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, this event celebrates the dedicated alliance of caregivers who demonstrate compassion and patience daily.
HarborChase of the Park Cities is also offering a unique sensory simulation called Dementia Live, which is designed to give participants a brief glimpse of what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s. This is an eye-opening experience for all who participate, helping them understand and empathize with those who are living with this disease, as well as cultivate more positive interactions for caregivers. The Art of Caregiving is free to the public; however, there will be the opportunity to donate directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. We ask for the public to RSVP for the event by calling (469) 904-1394.
“There are countless ways caregivers can engage a person who is living with dementia,” said Molly Meyer, director of life enrichment. “Research suggests that artistic engagement eases the anxiety, tension, and depression that many people living with Alzheimer’s experience. It’s also believed that artistic endeavors enhance positive energy, increase self-esteem, and sometimes even stimulate memories. The Longest Day is held annually on the summer solstice because the duration of sunrise-to-sunset events symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Many people have been impacted by this disease, including myself, so it’s important to show those who are fighting this disease that they are not alone.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease is a global epidemic. To give perspective of the impact of this disease, every 65 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. On the caregiving side, it is estimated that 18.4 billion hours of care (valued at over $232 billion) is provided to those diagnosed with this disease. HarborChase of the Park Cities has a memory care neighborhood and understands firsthand the importance of providing specialized care and recognizing the hard work and dedication of their caregivers.
“It’s important to educate individuals about the challenges caregivers face,” said Meyer. “From financial problems to isolation and sometimes depression, they have a difficult job. Our goal is to show the public how caregivers provide for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. We also want to answer any questions people may have and raise awareness about what the Alzheimer’s Association does. This will be a meaningful event with food, giveaways and fun for all ages. We will have a representative at the community who will participate in some of the sessions and also answer questions people may have. This is a free event, and we encourage everyone to stop by.”