Residence of Chardon Rocks Against Alzheimer’s
July 1, 2022 by Rose Nemunaitis

Alzheimer’s Disease is a global epidemic. More than 6 million Americans are living with the progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a global epidemic.

More than 6 million Americans are living with the progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

But on June 21, longest day of the year — also called the Summer Solstice — thousands of participants from across the world united to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through various activities to raise funds and awareness for care, support and research.

The event challenges participants to push their limits and complete about 16 hours of a consecutive activity — such as playing bridge, sports tournaments, crafting, etc. — to fundraise and honor the strength, heart and endurance displayed by people suffering from the disease and their everyday caretakers.

The Residence of Chardon joined the fight with rocking chairs, sponsors and community spirit at their inaugural Rock at the ROC.

“The Residence of Chardon has always supported the Alzheimer’s Association and their longest-day fundraising efforts,” ROC Executive Director Melissa Schroeder said.

“The Residence of Chardon is passionate about this fundraising effort, as we love and care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and are committed to supporting care and research efforts.”

According to the AA, more than 11 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States.

On June 21, family members sponsored their loved one’s participation and many more attended the event and took a turn rocking, which kicked-off at sunrise at 5:50 a.m. and ended at sunset at 9:05 p.m.

About 60 people rocked, including residents, staff, family members and community members.

Some residents chose to rock inside the community living room, due to the warmer temperatures, which ROC Activity Director Susanne Zehe said made it a fun indoor and outdoor event.

“The residents had an amazing day,” said Zehe, who rocked from sunrise to sunset.

“Every family tends to be affected by Alzheimer’s these days,” Zehe said. “There has been so much research done, but yet there is a need for so much more to help fight this disease.”

Schroeder said they had wonderful sponsorship and support from Caretenders (home healthcare), Sanctuary Hospice, Capital Homecare and Aegis therapies.

“We were able to far exceed our goal of $1,000 for the day, and funds are continuing to come in,” she said.

The event also included music, rock painting, The Bus Stop food truck, jewelry sales,  a lemonade stand, candy sales, raffle basket and shirt sales.

Sounds of Anne Murray’s “Could I have this Dance” filled the veranda just before noon as participants chatted and gently swayed back and forth in their chairs.

Residents spent weeks designing and making purple — the color of Alzheimer’s awareness — bracelets and jewelry, with profits going to the day’s cause.

“We like to thank everyone that helped us support this day by donating their time and/or money,” Schroeder said. “We are already starting to plan our next year’s event.

“It was wonderful to experience the tremendous support that we received from staff, residents, family members and the Chardon community,” she added. “For the day, everyone worked together to support the Alzheimer’s Association and the important and impactful work that they do.

Jewelry sales continue and people are welcome to stop at The Residence of Chardon to shop.

For more information about The Residence of Chardon assisted living community, call 440-286-2277 or to arrange a tour.