June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and people worldwide are joining the movement and supporting the cause. The official color for Alzheimer’s awareness is purple and you’ll see purple ribbons displayed across social media networks, worn as ribbons, and on clothing as people spread the word. The official Alzheimer’s Awareness website has a number of ways people can show their support and help raise funds and awareness for those suffering from the debilitating disease.
Celebrities such as Samuel Jackson, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, David Hyde Pierce, Victor Garber, Selenis Leyva, Brandon Cole, Laurie Hernandez, Betsy Brandt, Peter Gallagher, Jeff Henderson, and Tony Hawk have shared their support on social media networks such as Twitter. Each has been personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease due to a loved one who received a diagnosis. In addition to celebrity awareness, the Alzheimer’s Association has encouraged those on social media to create awareness by sharing their own photos and videos of how they were personally affected by Alzheimer’s.
A new survey released just in time for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month revealed that many people feel alone when they provide care for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Creating awareness for Alzheimer’s and brain disorders doesn’t just raise funds for those battling disease, but also provides much-needed support for caregivers.
Ruth Drew, Director of Family and Information Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, released the following statement.
“There are currently 15 million Americans providing unpaid care for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and this survey shows that we must alleviate the weight on the shoulders of these individuals. It’s a problem that’s only going to get worse. As life expectancies get longer and the number of older Americans grows rapidly, so too will the number of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and family members affected.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, not enough people are preparing for the possibility of Alzheimer’s or dementia down the road. The reality is that millions of people are being diagnosed with conditions that leave them helpless to care for themselves, yet they are not leaving health care directives or saving up for the financial reality of what an Alzheimer’s diagnosis means to those who provide care.
One way the Alzheimer’s Association is hoping people will create awareness is by changing their Facebook profile picture with a purple Alzheimer’s awareness frame. You may see an example of the Facebook frame in the picture of Laurie Hernandez below.
Just head over to Facebook via the photo below and click the “Try It” button to update your profile picture.
Those who want to donate to Alzheimer’s and brain awareness while promoting the cause may want to check out the official Shop for the Cause Alzheimer’s site. You’ll find garments suitable for men, women, children, and caregivers that feature the purple ribbon as well as the popular #ENDALZ hashtag. You can visit the official Shop for the Cause site in the link.
There are several hashtags used to promote Alzheimer’s awareness and these include #ENDALZ and #MYALZSTORY. You can follow the official Alzheimer’s Association on Twitter at @alzassociation as well. The Show Your Purple page of the Alzheimer’s Association website has links to their social networks and encourages people to use the hashtags to share their personal stories. By using the hashtags, the Alzheimer’s Association hopes to reach millions of people throughout the month of June.
Finally, those who want to create awareness and support Alzheimer’s through fundraising events may want to participate in The Longest Day. The following is how the Alzheimer’s Association describes the event.
“The Longest Day is all about love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. On the summer solstice, team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s. Together, we will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.”
Are you going to support Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness throughout the month of June?
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