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Local landmarks to glow purple for Alzheimer's awareness

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Fri, Jun 8th 2018 07:50 pm
Every 66 seconds across the U.S., someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. It kills more people than breast and prostate cancers combined, and cannot be prevented, slowed or cured.
Across Western New York, tens of thousands of people are living with Alzheimer's or other dementia. Hundreds of thousands of people are providing some kind of care for a person with dementia. In honor of all of these individuals, and to raise awareness of the support and services offered by the Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter, three local landmarks will glow purple to mark June's designation as Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness month: On Friday, June 22, Buffalo's Electric Tower (535 Washington St.) and the Peace Bridge will "go purple" from dusk to dawn. The Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls will be illuminated in purple for 15 minutes starting at 10 p.m.
"At some point, everyone will be touched by the devastation of dementia, either in their own family, or that of a friend, neighbor or co-worker," chapter Executive Director Jill Horner said. "The color purple symbolizes our strong and unrelenting efforts to make sure that people know they can turn to us for guidance, support, education and funding for research that will lead to an end to this terrible disease."
Information about the disease and local programs and services is available at www.alz.org/WNY or by calling 1-800-272-3900.
About 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 one can get involved to support the cause. Visit alz.org to learn more about Alzheimer's, its warning signs, the importance of early detection and diagnosis, as well as information on care and support.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its 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. Visit www.alz.org or call 800-272-3900.

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