AKA’s teams up with Alzheimer’s Association for Longest Day event

Published 10:53 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Alpha Kappa Alpha’s sorority chapter in Selma is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association for its annual Longest Day program.

The daylong event, entitled “AKA-cise: The Mind and Body,” will be held Thursday at various spots around the city.

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Selma Mayor Darrio Melton signed a resolution on Wednesday at Selma City Hall to officially proclaim the Longest Day.

Zeta Eta Omega, the AKA’s Selma chapter, is helping raise awareness and funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The AKA’s and the Alzheimer’s Association have partnered together nationally since 2015.

“We all have a special place in our hearts for this program,” Zeta Eta Omega chapter president Liz Rutledge said. “We have family members that cope with Alzheimer’s.”

Dr. Verdell Lett Dawson, a member of the Zeta Eta Omega Chapter, believes its crucial to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s.

“Alzheimer’s is one of the major diseases in America,” Dawson said. “It affects so many people in America, more than all cancers combined. It’s a secretive disease in the African-American community. It’s a progressive disease and there’s not a cure.”

Dawson, Dr. Patricia Robinson M.D., Edna Montgomery and Tracey Parker are the co-chairwomen for the Longest Day event. Gift bags will be given out at four locations.

Here’s the schedule of events:

-WHBB 1490 AM “Morning Show/Viewpoint with Randy Williams,” 8-9 a.m.

-Lighthouse Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, 10 to 11 a.m.

-Edmundite Missions’ Good Hope Center, noon to 1 p.m.

-Blue Ridge Selma Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 2-2:30 p.m.

-Park Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

-Epworth House, 5-6:30 p.m.