Letters to the Editor

Fight Alzheimer’s

More than 510,000 Floridians have Alzheimer’s, and more than 1 million Floridians serve as their caregivers. While many know someone with Alzheimer’s disease, not everyone knows how to make a difference.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, an opportunity to educate people on the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is asking everyone to join the purple movement. Here are two simple things you can do:

▪ Be social: Turn Facebook purple by going to facebook.com/alzfl and clicking the “try it” button under the top post. This will create a Go Purple temporary profile photo for your page.

▪ Go purple: Wear purple on The Longest Day,® June 20, to support those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Share your photo on social media outlets using #GoPurpleForALZ

▪ Become an Alzheimer’s advocate: Write your members of Congress and ask for more federal funding for Alzheimer’s research. To get involved with our advocacy program, email Jennifer Braisted, public policy manager, at jbraisted@alz.org.

As a community, we must come together to support people suffering from this degenerative and fatal disease.

Ann May, CEO, Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter, Fort Lauderdale