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Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
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Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, available resources and how people can get involved to support the cause. During the month of June, Gov. Eric Holcomb invites Hoosiers to raise awareness and take action through the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter’s 65 Ways to Go Purple.

Seven Indiana mayors have also joined Gov. Holcomb in declaring June (or a specific day in June) as Alzheimer's Awareness Month including: Tom Henry, Fort Wayne; Joe Hogsett, Indianapolis; Greg Goodnight, Kokomo; Tony Roswarski, Lafayette; Dennis Tyler, Muncie; Pete Buttigieg, South Bend; and Joe Yochum, Vincennes.

Thank you to Indiana media for going purple in news rooms across the state!

 WANE, Fort Wayne  WFFT, Fort Wayne  WLFI, Lafayette
 WPTA, Fort Wayne  WRTV, Indianapolis  WXIN, Indianapolis

65 Ways to Go Purple

Every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. To recognize this alarming statistic, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter has created 65 Ways to Go Purple, the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement. Hoosiers can choose how they will participate in the fight against Alzheimer’s throughout the month of June: attending education programs, support groups or fundraising events; understanding the benefits of early diagnosis and clinical research; knowing where to find support and resources; turning their towns and cities purple, and more.

View the complete list of 65 Ways to Go Purple in a link-embedded PDF. Click here to access. Below is a sample of some of the ways in which Hoosiers can participate throughout June.

1. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.
6. Early detection matters. During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and how to recognize them in yourself and others. Get started at

24. Writing a letter to the editor is an effective way to call attention to a topic. To raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, consider submitting a letter to local print and online newspapers with a few recommended tips.
29. Share a photo of you or your friends, coworkers or family wearing purple. Use hashtags #ENDALZ, #EndAlzheimers, and tag our social media accounts @AlzIndiana.

36. Learn about the world’s largest forum for the dementia research community, Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Register for the July conference in Chicago!
37. Don’t just hope for a cure. Help us find one by signing up for TrialMatch®, a free clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and healthy volunteers to current studies.

39. Join advocates from across the country in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association AIM Advocacy Forum, an inspiring three-day event filled with networking, training and education, as we advance policies to improve the lives of all individuals affected by dementia.
42. Urge your members of Congress to support a $425 million increase for research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Alzheimer’s disease for FY 2019.

48. Encourage your gym or active community to participate in The Longest Day. Work out, run, bike, meditate - do what you love to further the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association. Browse our tips and get started.
51. Make memories on the golf course with a few friends. It’s not too late to sign up a foursome at The Memory Cup, our annual golf fundraiser, on 6/27 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Indianapolis.

61. Are you passionate about putting an end to Alzheimer’s disease? Become a volunteer to help us serve the 110,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Learn about our many opportunities.
64. Do you want to get more involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s? Then we need you! Join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee and help grow the movement to end Alzheimer’s from the ground up.


View the complete list here


Alzheimer's Association

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