June officially marks Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a worldwide awareness campaign that organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association promote in efforts to cultivate a better understanding of what Alzheimer’s/Dementia is, the rapidly increasing impact it is having on our senior population, it’s warning signs & symptoms, steps for prevention, & resources & techniques for living effectively with the disease following diagnosis.
This year’s campaign includes celebrities holding up signs that indicate who they’re wearing purple for, such as “for my dad & grandfather,” “for my Aunt Rose,” “for my grandmother & great-grandmother,” & “for my mom & dad.” It’s a very effective approach for raising awareness, because it showcases how widespread the effects of this disease have become on families all over the world, from all walks of life. Everyone with a brain is at risk for developing this disease, and if you don’t yet have a loved one effected by Alzheimer’s/dementia, the odds are unfortunately good that you soon will. More than 5 million people living in the US currently have Alzheimer’s disease, & that number is projected to steadily grow to 16 million by the year 2050. Alzheimer’s disease is quickly becoming a global crisis, which is why it is so important to learn all we can about this disease & to actively participate in the worldwide effort to annihilate it. "We work hard to promote Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month within our local community," says Jay Tipton, Executive Director at Ashton Manor Assisted Living & Memory Care in Luling, LA. "We have served memory care residents as young as 50 years old, and the number of memory care patients we serve is growing every year; it is very important that every person has a good understanding of this disease, especially its indicators and warning signs, because it can truly effect absolutely anyone."
So what are you waiting for- get involved in the ever-so-important Purple Purpose!
-To learn more about the FACTS regarding Alzheimer’s disease, including the 10 warning signs, stages, risk factors, prevention techniques, & current important research initiatives, visit http://alz.org/alzheimers_disease_1973.asp.
-Get involved in local efforts taking place for The Longest Day, an event that takes place June 21st, 2017 as people form teams & engage in a wide range of activities to honor their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia & to raise money that supports the fight for a cure. To learn more about The Longest Day & how YOU can get involved, visit http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=9704&pg=informational&sid=23675.
-GO PURPLE! Help spread awareness among through your business or organization of choice by registering for a Go Purple packet that furnishes you with awareness materials, information, activity ideas & instructions, & campaign tools to help you easily plan your own awareness initiative that will impact & support the community around you. You never know who is in need of this vital info, or who soon will be- so be the person that connects them with resources that could be life-changing! To start your own Go Purple initiative, simply fill out the following form: https://docs.google.com/a/alfordadvertising.com/forms/d/1X4dNZwMdXNbRuI9m-HqhV3DmwsH00SdyKgvEmrxPkXo/viewform?edit_requested=true
-SHARE your Purple Pride! Help spread awareness & interest in this super important cause by using your voice on social media. Become part of the Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram conversation by sharing a picture of yourself in your purple gear with the hashtag #IGoPurpleFor & your story, followed by the hashtag #EndAlz or #MyAlzStory! Check out how celebrities & people just like us are sharing their stories at http://alz.org/abam/.
We look forward to being part of the Power of Purple with you all this month!