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September 21 Is World Alzheimer's Day

By September 21, 2008

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Photo © MicrosoftToday, Alzheimer's organizations around the world worked together to raise awareness of Alzheimer's as a global health problem. It's often noted that as many as 5 million people in the United States have the disease, but did you know that over 26 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer's? Unless a cure is found, that number is expected to quadruple by 2050.

In a statement by the Alzheimer's Association, World Alzheimer's Day is described as "an opportunity for...organizations around the globe to unify effort to raise awareness about the disease and its impact on families and to rally people to get involved." It was first designated on September 21, 1994 at the Alzheimer's Disease International Conference.

Here's an easy thing you can do to help raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease: Go purple. Purple is the color associated with the Alzheimer's cause. Simply wear purple, pin a purple ribbon to your shirt, or buy purple stickers to use on notes and other paperwork. When people ask you, "Why all the purple?" you can tell them why we need to find a cure for Alzheimer's.

To do my part in raising awareness, I recently registered to participate in my local Memory Walk. Are you doing something in honor of World Alzheimer's Day? Post a comment to this blog, or start a new discussion in the forum.

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