Community Comes Together To Support Those with Alzheimer's

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. This weekend, during the "Longest Day" event, teams from around the world will come together to honor those facing Alzheimer's.

About 130,000 people in Virginia suffer from Alzheimer's Disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. By 2025, they believe 46 percent of senior citizens will suffer from the disease.

Warne Davis was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago. His wife Christy Davis said as challenging as it has been, listening to their favorite songs together brings back so many positive memories.

"The hardest part has been watching the man I love go downhill. Now, the hardest part is not living with him. But, when I come to visit him, I know that he knows who I am," said Christy Davis.

Kristi Rose is the executive director of Brightview Baldwin Park. She said in the past year they have started a new training for their staff, bringing music into the lives of patients who have dementia.

"We believe in the importance of giving back to our residents and not focusing on their limitations, but their possibilities," said Rose.

Moving forward, Davis says there is hope. And, events like the one this weekend show her she is not alone in fighting the disease.


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