Go Purple for World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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September is a significant month for raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. As a leading housing organization with expertise in senior care, FSL understands the profound impact Alzheimer’s has on individuals, families, and communities. This article delves into the importance of World Alzheimer’s Month and how you can participate.

The Importance of Alzheimer’s Awareness

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain condition that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It’s the most common form of dementia, a general term for cognitive decline severe enough to interfere with daily life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s, with 72% being 75 or older. Alarmingly, every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Over the years, awareness about Alzheimer’s disease has grown, and September has served as a month of observance worldwide to further spotlight brain health. 

How to Participate in World Alzheimer’s Month

  1. Caregiver Support – Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is a journey that demands patience, resilience, and immense compassion. Caregivers often face emotional, physical, and financial challenges. Recognizing their dedication and sacrifices is crucial. Offer your support in various ways:
  • Resources: Direct them to organizations or websites that provide information and tools tailored for caregivers, such as dementia and caregiver services.
  • Appreciation: A simple thank you, a heartfelt note, or even a small gift can make a world of difference in their day.
  • Listening Ear: Sometimes, all they need is someone to talk to, someone who listens without judgment.
  1. Share Your Story – Every individual affected by Alzheimer’s has a unique story. Sharing these personal narratives can:
  • Inspire: Your journey can motivate others to take action or seek help.
  • Educate: It can provide insights into the daily challenges faced by those affected.
  • Build Community: Sharing creates a sense of belonging and understanding among those with similar experiences.
  1. Go Purple – Purple symbolizes the fight against Alzheimer’s. By wearing purple, you:
  • Show Solidarity: Demonstrate your support for those affected by Alzheimer’s.
  • Raise Awareness: Spark conversations and spread knowledge about the disease.
  • Encourage Participation: Inspire others to join the cause.
  1. 65 Seconds of Silence – Every 65 seconds, a life is altered by an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. By observing 65 seconds of silence, you:
  • Acknowledge: Recognize the vast number of individuals and families affected.
  • Reflect: Understand the gravity and urgency of the situation.
  • Honor: Pay respect to those battling the disease.
  1. Fundraise – Use the month of September to raise money for organizations that are actively fighting Alzheimer’s:
  • Organize Events: Host walks, games, bake sales, or any activity to raise funds.
  • Collaborate: Team up with local businesses or organizations for sponsorships or partnerships.
  • Celebrate: Honor the caregivers, survivors, and those we’ve lost to Alzheimer’s.
  1. Get Social – Social media is a powerful tool to amplify the message. By getting social, you can:
  • Spread the Word: Use hashtags like #ENDALZ to make your posts discoverable.
  • Engage: Share articles, infographics, and videos about Alzheimer’s.
  • Connect: Join online support groups or forums to connect with others affected by the disease.
  1. Become an Advocate – Advocacy can drive change at the policy level. As an advocate, you can:
  • Lobby: Push for policies that support Alzheimer’s research and care.
  • Educate: Inform the public and policymakers about the needs and challenges of the Alzheimer’s community.
  • Join: Collaborate with organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association and FSL to amplify your efforts.
  1. Love Your Brain – A healthy brain is central to overall well-being. To promote brain health:
  • Stay Active: Engage in physical activities like walking, swimming, or yoga.
  • Eat Right: Consume a balanced diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins.
  • Mental Stimulation: Challenge your brain with puzzles, reading, or learning new skills.

By participating in these activities, not only do you raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, but also contribute to building a supportive community for those affected.

Alzheimer’s disease affects millions worldwide. By participating in World Alzheimer’s Month this September, we can collectively raise awareness, support affected individuals, and work toward a world without Alzheimer’s. If you or a loved one wants to learn more about Alzheimer’s support in your community, don’t hesitate to call Care By Design today at 602-285-1800!

About FSL

For more information on how to join us in reducing hospital readmissions, we encourage you to explore our ACTIVATE program further and get involved in the effort to foster healthier communities. You can also call us at 602-406-2374 to learn more about ACTIVATE! Together, we can tackle the issue of hospital readmissions and make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens.

Established in 1974, the Foundation for Senior Living is dedicated to providing integrated, customized care for those who need it in the Phoenix area. We offer a wide range of home- and community-based services, including:

All of these are designed to enable Arizonans of all ages to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. If you or someone you know is struggling to have their needs met, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you. And if you’re able, consider donating or volunteering your time to our mission. We can’t wait to work with you!

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