The Longest Day

Celebrating The Longest Day® All Week Long!

For the third consecutive year, the departments of Recreational Services and Employee Wellness have come together to sponsor The Longest Day® at Kent State, in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association.

Alzheimer's disease is often referred to as "the long goodbye" because of its slow nature and lasting emotional and physical drain. In honor of people fighting the disease and those who love and care for them, the Alzheimer's Association encourages the public to host events on the longest day of the year - the summer solstice - while raising funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer's care, support and research.

We have a full week of activities planned leading up to the summer solstice on June 20. Read on to learn about the many ways you can participate in this special week.  

June 15 – June 22 

The Longest Day Photo Challenge. Two ways to play: 1) FIND IT. Take advantage of the extra daylight with an outdoor scavenger hunt, 2) DO IT. Engage in activities to support your brain health or let someone else know you’re thinking of them. Enter to win prizes by sending in at least 3 photos of yourself and your family or friends (four-legged, too) participating in the FIND IT activities, DO IT activities, or both! Submit photos to wellness@kent.edu by Monday, June 22 to be entered into our prize raffle. Click here to download The Longest Day Photo Challenge flyer with more information. Have fun with it! For full time, benefits-eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way program, participation in this challenge is worth 10 Tier Two points under the "Move for a Cause" category.

Supplemental Photo Challenge Resources


Thursday, June 18

Webinar – Differentiating Dementias: The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a group of conditions characterized by impairment of two brain functions, such as memory loss and judgment. The four most common causes of primary dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Join Kelsey Loushin, LICDC, as she defines the different types, current interventions, and community resources to support caregivers and those in need of care. This program is open to ALL full and part time employees. For full time, benefits-eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way program, this session is worth 10 Tier Two "Employee Wellness Sponsored Lunch & Learns, Workshops or Webinars" points. The webinar will take place from 9-10 a.m. on June 18. Click here to register

Friday, June 19

Join Recreational Services for Zoom events throughout the day on Friday. 

For full time, benefits-eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way program, participation in any of the sessions above is worth 10 Tier Two points each under the "Move for a Cause" category.

For questions about The Longest Day at KSU, please contact Employee Wellness at wellness@kent.edu