Local & State
|Going purple to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia|
|Initiative paints Charlotte on Aug. 28|
|Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:00 pm|
Charlotte is turning purple in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association - Western Carolina Chapter is sponsoring Paint the Town Purple on Aug. 28. In Mecklenburg County, an estimated 12,700 people are likely diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementia and 38,000 caregivers are looking after someone living with the disease.
One in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's dementia and more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, a number estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Two-thirds of people with Alzheimer’s are women.
African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as whites and Hispanics are about 1 1/2 times as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites.
Organizers are encouraging community involvement by:
• Using #ENDALZ on social media photos and posts
• Encouraging co-workers, neighbors and friends to wear purple
• Displaying purple ribbons or decorations in the workplace
• Decorate a storefront or light up your building purple
• Drop by Sycamore Brewing at 2161 Hawkins St. from 6-8 p.m. for a Paint the Town Purple Party. RSVPs are requested.
“We encourage everyone to take action and get involved in Paint the Town Purple to make a difference in improving the quality of lives of those living with this devastating disease in our community,” said Kelly Stranburg of Sharon Towers, the presenting sponsor.
The largest Alzheimer’s awareness and fundraising event in the area, the Charlotte Walk to End Alzheimer’s, is Oct. 28 at BB&T Ballpark.
More information on Paint the Town Purple can be learned by contacting Caitlyn Haffey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (980) 498.7725.
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