End Alzheimer’s Disease

Note: Director of operations Lee Pearson serves on the Board of Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter. Dr. Pearson and staff of IPMH are participating in The Longest Day activities.

Press release shared with the permission of the Office of Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina.

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office has joined the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness and honor the more than 84,000 South Carolinians and their families facing this disease.

Alzheimer’s disease robs people of their ability to remember, but many are unaware that Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease. Every person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease requires long term care from family members and friends for the rest of their lives.

June 20th is nationally recognized as “The Longest Day”, an event honoring the compassion and sacrifice that caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias make to provide long term care.

The Lieutenant Governor’s office will be taking action on this day by walking laps around the South Carolina State House, along with various community partners, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

On June 20th at 7 a.m., the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging employees will join representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association on State House grounds to kick off the day.  Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster will join the walk after a 10 a.m. press conference on the State House steps facing Gervais Street to raise awareness and also to help dispel myths related to the disease.

“We are excited to have Lieutenant Governor McMaster and the SC Office on Aging engaged in The Longest Day on June 20th,” said Cindy Alewine, President/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, South Carolina Chapter. “Walking laps around the State House will not only raise awareness, but it also provides a great example of an activity that helps promote brain health.”

Greater understanding is urgently needed given the dramatic impact of the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

Community partners who will be walking:

Revente, No Name Deli, Leeza’s Care Connection, Dr. Macie P. Smith, Sheriff Leon Lott, Junior League of Columbia, Harvest Hope, AARP, the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health and many others.

Alzheimer’s Information

  • Alzheimer’s disease is fatal –there are no survivors. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 84,000 in South Carolina.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is not normal aging. Alzheimer’s is a fatal and progressive disease.
  • Early detection matters. More than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, but only about half have been diagnosed. Diagnosis is often delayed due to low public awareness of the early signs of Alzheimer’s and general misperceptions about Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • Alzheimer’s cannot be prevented, but adopting healthy habits can reduce your risk of cognitive decline and contribute to brain health. The Alzheimer’s Association is sharing steps to reduce your risk of cognitive decline with 10 Ways to Love Your Brain.
  • Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the country. The total national cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are estimated at $236 billion a year, of which $160 billion is the cost to Medicare and Medicaid alone.

Drs. Lee Pearson (l) and Megan Weis (r) support The Longest Day.


Lt. Governor Henry McMaster speaks at The Longest Day press conference.













About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

Visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900.

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