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Dogs help Edmond residents celebrate summer solstice

EDMOND — Monday was the longest day of the year, and it was observed at Touchmark at Coffee Creek, a retirement community in northwest Edmond.

Residents and their dogs walked together around the community and into the memory care area, where people live with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

For caregivers and people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, every day can seem like the longest day. The Alzheimer's Association designates the summer solstice for its Longest Day event, to raise funds and awareness about the disease.

Later in the day, residents celebrated with barbecue, face painting, yard games and ice cream bars.

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<p>Resident Liz Dougall visits with one of the pets at Touchmark at Coffee Creek. The retirement center held a summer solstice dog walk. [PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN]</p>
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Resident Liz Dougall visits with one of the pets at Touchmark at Coffee Creek. The retirement center held a summer solstice dog walk. [PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN]  

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Diana Baldwin

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