Painting The County Purple For Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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From left: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Alzheimer’s Association Director of Government Affairs for New York State, Ian Magerkurth and Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter Associate Director of Development, Judy Wichter.

County Executive Laura Curran presented a proclamation to Alzheimer’s Association representatives during a recent ceremony to draw attention to the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias on Long Island families and caregivers. Last week, the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola turned purple in honor of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.

Simply by having a brain, every person in Nassau County is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that cannot be prevented, treated or even slowed. There are 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 400,000 in New York State. By 2050 that number is projected to reach as many as 14 million. That is why it’s important to take action now to help end this epidemic.

“We applaud County Executive Laura Curran for acknowledging June 2018 as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month,” said Douglas Davidson, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter. “Our ongoing efforts to support, educate and advocate for Long Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s disease in coordination with the County and State Departments of Health, Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature are key to mitigating the Alzheimer’s public health crisis in New York.”

During June, the Alzheimer’s Association is participating in social media campaigns, events and fundraisers to raise awareness about the disease. The association invites people to share photos and stories on social media using the hashtag #EndAlzheimers. Twitter will post a custom emoji each time the hashtag is used. Facebook has added a profile photo frame that can be added to existing profiles that reads: I go purple to END ALZ.

—Submitted by Ann Healey,
communications manager for the Alzheimer’s Association

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