September is World Alzheimer's Month, and purple is the signature color of the Alzheimer's Association. This special month signifies a time to spread awareness and shine a purple light for the 5.2 million people nationally afflicted with Alzheimer's. As the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will grow with the increase of the U.S. population age 65 and older, so will the need for awareness, support, and research.
In Washington, an estimated 110,000 people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s, and the number is expected to increase to 150,000 by 2025. An estimated 26,000 people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s in Idaho, and that number is expected to increase to 38,000 by 2025. On September 21, designated 2013 World Alzheimer’s Day, the Alzheimer’s Association invites the community to “Go Purple” to promote awareness of this debilitating disease and show support for those who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as well as their families. Community members are encouraged to show support by taking action in one of these ways:
· Wear purple, the color of Alzheimer’s awareness — and tell others why.
· Sign up to be an Alzheimer’s Association advocate and speak with elected officials about the disease.
· Make a donation to advance the work of the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
For more information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter at 509-473-3390 or visit alz.org/inlandnorthwest. This Alzheimer’s Association chapter serves Eastern Washington and North Idaho, with its administrative offices located in Spokane, WA, Pasco, WA, and Coeur d’Alene, ID.