Brain Awareness event on City Hall Plaza June 22nd, 2016

By Patricia McCormack, director of the Alzheimer’s Initiative for the City of Boston

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month – a time to shine a purple light for the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s. Especially during the month of June we can all help by mobilizing friends, families, neighbors, co-workers and customers to help bring an end to Alzheimer’s disease.

Age & Dementia-Friendly Boston,  the Alzheimer’s Initiative, the Elderly Commission & the Alzheimer’s Association observed Brain Awareness month on City Hall Plaza with resources for people, sign-up sheets for the September Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and a chalk board to leave personal messages in purple chalk.  People stopped by to pick up information and resources, to share their stories and to sign up to join the City of Boston Team for  the Annual Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 25th.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh wrote a message of hope on the Reason to Hope Chalkboard to show his solidarity with the cause of Ending Alzheimer’s. Members of the Elderly Commission staff sang “I will Remember You,” followed by a moment of silence.

Whether it’s by sharing a diagnosis – or taking action to honor a family member – brave individuals are overcoming stigma and facing Alzheimer’s head on. The time is now to commit to going purple during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. The End of Alzheimer’s Starts with YOU.

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