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Alzheimer’s Month, Day Culminates with Walk

20 Sep News

People have been spreading the word about Alzheimer’s all month, culminating tomorrow with World Alzheimer’s Day.

Organizers say the entire month of September signifies a time to spread awareness and shine a purple light for the more than 5 million people nationally afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Purple is the recognized color of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The association says, “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 does the need for awareness, support and research.”

Coming up tomorrow, the Alzheimer’s Association invites communities 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.

Also as part of tomorrow’s activities, there will be several “Walks to End Alzheimer’s” across northern Wisconsin including: Phillips, Wausau and Rhinelander. (along with Amery, Fish Creek, Hayward, La Crosse, New Richmond, and Stevens Point.

The Rhinelander event will be held at Rouman’s Cinema starting at 10:00am. With donations still coming in, the website says Rhinelander teams have already pledged more than $30,000.

Visit www.alz.org/walk to walk or sponsor a walker.