Today, September 21st, is World Alzheimer’s Day, which aims to raise awareness about the disease that afflicts 47 million people worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impair mental functioning severely enough to interfere with daily life. In the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds and the disease is the sixth leading cause of death.
Purple is the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement and we hope you’re wearing purple in support of the movement. There are many different ways to show your support and help those affected by it, such as joining the Alzheimer’s prevention registry, volunteering your time, or thanking a caregiver. More information about Alzheimer’s can be found at alz.org.
Written by Heather W. Winter, Esquire