The City of Orlando and the City of Winter Garden turn purple for a purpose on Monday, June 20th
June 16, 2016, Orlando, FL – In light of recent, tragic events, Orlando remains vibrant, strong and committed to casting a spotlight on Alzheimer’s disease as the City goes “purple with a purpose” on Monday, June 20th.
There are an estimated 5.2 million Americans, over 500,000 Floridians, and nearly 60,000 Orlando area residents living with Alzheimer’s disease. Florida has the second highest incidence rate in the country for Alzheimer’s and dementia making it “ground zero” for the disease. Alzheimer’s it the sixth leading cause of death in the country, and the only disease among the top 10 leading causes of death without a prevention, treatment or cure.
During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association is celebrating Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM) in an effort to raise awareness and support, as well as to let Orlando area residents know that there is help in the community. “We offer a 24/7 Helpline manned by dementia specialists every day of the year, every hour of the day and night,” says vice president of programs, Julie Shatzer. “We provide caregiver support groups, education programs, art programs and a host of offerings both in English and in Spanish to all residents,” she adds.
The City of Orlando and the City Winter Garden, have committed to going “Purple with a Purpose” in honor of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Major landmarks in the area will be purple all day and night on June 20, the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. To honor those who are caregivers for their loved ones; where every day might feel like the longest day, the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting its annual Longest Day® event from sunrise to sunset nationwide to celebrate all those that have succumbed to the disease and the many caregivers who have loved them. Major sites that are going purple with a purpose should include:
· Astrogenesis II
· Global Coverage
· Take Flight
· Cedar of Lebanon
· Amway Center Sign
· Orlando’s Tower of Light
· Lake Eola Fountain, Lake Eola Park – Downtown
· Orlando Sign at Citrus Bowl
· Citrus Fountain
· City Hall
· Local Downtown Art Gallery
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit our website or call 800-272-3900.