|June 19, 2017, Orlando, FL – This Wednesday, the City of Orlando remains vibrant, strong and committed to casting a spotlight on Alzheimer’s disease as the City goes “purple with a purpose” for the second year. At sundown Wednesday evening, many different public venues will be lit purple to spread awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and its now global event, “The Longest Day”. The Longest Day is the summer solstice, and the special day that caregivers are celebrated all over the nation and the world…
- “Thanks to mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando for helping to bring greater awareness to the plight of the 520,000 Floridians suffering from the effects of Alzheimer‘s disease – a terminal disease that has a profound impact on not only the victim, but the entire circle of family and friends. As an Alzheimer’s caregiver myself, I’ve seen firsthand the unique challenges this disease poses to families across our state. By “turning Orlando purple”, city leaders are again showing care, compassion and support for those struggling with this disease while the growing Alzheimer’s community looks forward to meeting its first survivor one day,” says Rep. Scott Plakon of Orlando.
- In an effort to create maximum awareness for fellow Floridians, Rep. Plakon and Sen. Linda Stewart from Orlando spearheaded the Proclamation to officially recognize this week as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Week in Florida to coincide with The Longest Day on June 21.
- There are an estimated 5.5 million Americans; 520,000 Floridians, and nearly 60,000 greater 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.
- Major landmarks in the area will be purple all day and night on June 21,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 and globally, 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:
Orlando venues being lit purple (see 2016 pictures below):
· 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
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 alz.org or call 800-272-3900.