Wear purple to support Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and the director of the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is urging people to wear purple to show their support.

Posted: Jun 19, 2021 10:02 AM

Utica, N.Y. - June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and the director of the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is urging people to wear purple to show their support.

Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association Executive Director Cathy James says wearing purple during the month of June will start conversations, and ultimately could help people you don't even know. "Wear your purple, it's a great opportunity because people will ask you why you're wearing purple and share your story. And you never know by sharing the information about the Alzheimer's Association and the resources that are available in the community, you may provide that lifeline for a caregiver that needs that information at that particular time."

James says if everyone who has lost a loved one due to Alzheimer's Disease or other form of dementia, or is currently caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia, wears purple, they could help more people get diagnosed earlier and thus get much needed treatment earlier.

James says it's been tough not to hold in-person fundraisers like the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's which will be back this fall, but the details have yet to be announced.

James is hoping people will take part this summer in the the Alzheimer's Association's other annual event called 'The Longest Day' which coincides with the longest day of the year, June 20th, "People can participate any time between now and the end of August so it's a do it yourself event very different from the ones people are used to participating in but we have people who are hiking, biking, walking, garage sales, bake sales, arts and crafts events, Anything you might be able to and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. And we do it around the longest day because that's the day with the most light and we want to shine the lights on Alzheimer's disease for patients and family members who are supporting somebody with Alzheimer's."

For information on 'The Longest Day', just head to alz.org.

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