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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 20, 2017

Longest day benefit

By Xiomara Levsen | Jun 22, 2017

Erin Smith and Melissa Turner work on painting their signs using chalk paint during the Longest Day activities in Central Park.

In Central Park Wednesday, activities were held all day to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s website, people as young as 40s and 50s can start to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s, which affects 200,000 people. Melissa Turner decided to host this fundraising and awareness campaign after she heard from several people they wanted to be involved. “This just affects so many people,” Turner said, “so it is really important for us to raise awareness.”

The day started at 7 a.m. with an outdoor yoga class by Turner, who has the Blissed Out Yoga studio at Halcyon House. Other activities included: making your own essential oils, a tai chi class with Amy Kleese of the United Presbyterian Home, painting a sign using Amy Sloan chalk paints, activities with Lending Hands and Halcyon House, pet therapy with PAWS & More and a family yoga class at 4 p.m. and a regular yoga class at 6 p.m.“All the activities are free today,” Turner said. “We’re just asking for a free-will donation. “All the money donated from participating in the activities will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Erin Smith took part in the painting class. She found out about the event from Turner. “Melissa put the information out there and they had a lot of good activities today,” Smith said, “and it’s for a good cause.”

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