Participants, including the center’s administration and staff, pedaled on stationary bicycles outside the facility from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
The event took place in conjunction with the National Alzheimer’s Association. Five stationary bicycles were donated by local health clubs for the event. “Any [donations] were taken gladly and gratefully,” said Patty Kniceley, marketing director for Spring Arbor. Richard Mabe, Spring Arbor’s executive director, committed to bike all 15 hours, with only occasional 10-minute breaks.
“He is biking quicker than any of us,” Kniceley said. People with Alzheimer’s can also suffer from “sundown syndrome,” a psychological phenomenon that produces confusion and restlessness typically at sundown, according to webmd.com. An estimated 20-45% of Alzheimer’s patients will experience some sort of “sundowning” confusion.