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Association battles Alzheimer's

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

PEORIA – June is now Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, an initiative by the Alzheimer’s Association to share information and educate people about Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association asks everyone to join the purple movement this month. At least 44 million people worldwide, including 210,000 in Illinois, live with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Alzheimer’s is a fatal illness that kills nerve cells and tissue in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think, and plan. As the disease advances, patients become unable to communicate, recognize family and friends, and care for themselves.

Participants will recognize those facing Alzheimer’s by devoting their time to a day of activities June 21, the Longest Day. Visit alz.org/thelongestday for more information or to join a team.

Other ways to battle Alzheimer’s include:

■ Share the facts: Post and tweet about Alzheimer’s and brain risk throughout the month.

■ Be social: Turn Facebook purple using an END ALZ graphic as a profile picture. 

■ Go purple: Wear purple June 21.

■ Use the brain to fight Alzheimer’s disease: Become an Alzheimer’s advocate and write members of Congress to ask for more federal funding for Alzheimer’s research.

For more information and purple gear, visit alz.org/abam or call 800-272-3900. 

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