Memory Sunday and Memory Sabbath

image of a Black family & purple ribbon - Memory Sunday - promoting brain health and dementia awareness among people of African descent

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Save-The-Date!

Memory Sabbath is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 8, 2024 and Memory Sunday on Sunday, June 9, 2024. The ADS Calendar will be updated with event details as soon additional information is available.

If your faith community would like to participate, e-mail Angeilea Yancey-Watson, African American Reach and Teach Health, at AngeileaY@aarth.org.

Memory Sunday and Memory Sabbath Initiatives

Memory Sunday is an annual event typically scheduled on the second Sunday in June. Memory Sabbath occurs one day earlier.

Memory Sunday 2024 save-the-date flyer and facts about Alzheimer's and other dementias among people of African descent

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On Memory Sunday and Memory Sabbath, faith communities serving African Americans provide education on Alzheimer’s, including prevention, treatment, research studies, and caregiving. Memory Sunday brings national and local attention to the tremendous burden that Alzheimer’s and other dementias are having on the African American community. Using the power and influence of the African American pulpit, Memory Sunday brings awareness, encourages early diagnosis and participation in research studies, and provides information and resources for persons living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

According to the Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative:

  • The number of older African Americans in Washington is growing. By 2040, this population is estimated to increase from about 43,000 to about 80,000 (83 percent).
  • African Americans are about two times more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than the non-Hispanic white population.
  • African Americans are more likely to be misdiagnosed or diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the later stages of the disease.

Memory Sunday is an initiative of the National Brain Health Center for African Americans, founded by The Balm In Gilead, which provides support to faith communities and other institutions that work to eliminate health disparities, and was initially developed by the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

For more information, email our Aging and Disability Services Planner Karen Winston.

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Previous Events

2023 | 2022 | 2021

2023

In 2023, Memory Sabbath was held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 and Memory Sunday held on Sunday, June 11, 2023.

Event Post: ADS Calendar

Event Flyer: 2023 

Participating Faith Communities:


2022

In 2022, Memory Sabbath was held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 and Memory Sunday held on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Event Post: ADS Calendar 

Event Flyer: 2022

Participating Faith Communities:


2021

In 2021, Memory Sabbath was held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 and Memory Sunday held on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Event Post: ADS Calendar

Event Flyer:  2021

Participating Faith Communities:

Resources

Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative: African Americans and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Call to Action for Organizations

National Institute on Aging: Memory Sunday Toolkit

AgeWise King County Article: Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness in African American Faith Communities (June 2023)

AgeWise King County Article: A Faithful Approach to Increasing Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease (June 2022)

AgeWise King County Article: Memory Sunday Focuses on Brain Health, Caregiving (June 2021)