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The Kensington brings awareness to Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 8:37 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Kensington held their annual Longest Day Lunch to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and dementia on Tuesday. All proceeds went to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We do this event specifically on the longest day because we want to bring more awareness to Sundowners,” said said Jessica Soucie, Executive Director at the Kensington. “When the sun starts to set, it brings on more anxiety for some people with dementia.”

The event is usually held in the parking lot of the Kensington, but because of hot conditions they moved the event inside this year. They served hamburgers and hot dogs to those who attended the event.

“Every year we do this event because we want to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and any type of dementia,” Soucie said. “Every day, every three seconds somebody is diagnosed with dementia. So we have assistant living and memory care in our building.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 6.5 million Americans age 65 or older are currently living with Alzheimer’s.

“We’re all affected by it. There’s still a lot of people who caregiver for their loved ones at home, and it brings stress at times so we are doing these types of things to bring more awareness so that we can keep helping individuals (who) are doing full-time care giving.”

According to the same study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association, those numbers are projected to skyrocket to nearly 13 million by 2050.

“We just ask for free-will donation,” Soucie said. “As a company we do our normal contributions that we usually do and outside of this event we just ask for free-will donation and we give it to the Alzheimer’s Association.”

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