Letters to the Editor

Raising Alzheimer’s awareness

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month — an opportunity to join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

I became involved in the Alzheimer’s Association nine years ago after my friend, Don Peaslee, died from the disease. Don was only 57 years old. Because of Alzheimer’s disease, Don did not know that his son, Matt, served proudly in the Marine Corps and returned home safely from Iraq. He was not there with his wife, Laurie, to see Matt graduate from college and he was not there to walk his daughter, Annie, down the aisle when she was married last fall.

Worldwide, there are 47 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; without a change, these numbers are expected to grow to 76 million by 2030. Together, we can make a difference and change the course of this disease.

Join me and take the Purple Pledge to help raise awareness by doing one or more of the following:

  • Wear purple throughout June.
  • Ask friends and family to take the pledge and join the cause.
  • Turn your Facebook profile purple.
  • Sign up to be an advocate.

Visit alz.org/pledge to take the pledge today.

Phillip Hickman