June is a time to provide our community with an opportunity to join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. During the June, the Alzheimer’s Association® asks people around the world to take the Purple Pledge and use their brains to fight Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s is the 6th Leading Cause of Death
It is estimated that 12,000 Vermonters are living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Alzheimer’s kills nerve cells and tissue in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think and plan. As the disease advances, the brain shrinks dramatically due to cell death. Individuals lose their ability to communicate, recognize family and friends, and care for themselves. Stand with us and take the Purple Pledge to support Vermonter’s living with Alzheimer’s, those providing care and those who have lost a loved one to the disease.
The Time to End Alzheimer’s is NOW!
Everyone can help to end this epidemic — especially you. Your voice elevates our message and your actions move us towards our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.
Take the Purple Pledge to wipe out Alzheimer’s!
- Educate your community about available resources
- Share facts to erase myths & stigma
- Turn your Facebook profile purple
- Like the Alzheimer’s Association: Vermont Chapter Facebook page
- Sign up to be an advocate
- Join or create a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® or The Longest Day®
Taking Action Spotlight
In June, teams across Vermont and the globe are participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual event The Longest Day,® a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor the strength, passion, and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s disease. This event symbolizes the difficult journey so many facing Alzheimer’s are asked to endure — and the many ways they bravely confront the disease.
For the third year in a row, my husband Tim and I are co-captaining a team: Moving Mountains for a Cure. Our team will be hiking in various locations throughout June with the goal of raising awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association to enhance care and support and advance research for Alzheimer’s. To join our team, blaze your own trail, or make a donation, check out Moving Mountains for a Cure. Together, we will move mountains for a cure!
Jessie Cornell, MSW, has had the honor of working for the Alzheimer’s Association for three years. Her passion is to empower persons with Alzheimer’s and their care-partners and all sectors of the society in their work to create dementia friendly communities.