County honors fight against Alzheimer’s

At Thursday night’s meeting, County Commissioners Charles Oddo, Randy Ognio, Steve Brown, and Charles Rousseau joined Walk to End event representatives Kim Owens and Rebekah Curtis in proclaiming June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Disease Awareness Month. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

by Emma Smith

At Thursday night’s meeting, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners proclaimed June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Disease Awareness Month in support of the Southern Crescent 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event.

According to the proclamation, Alzheimer’s disease affects 47 million people worldwide, including 5 million people in America, and someone develops Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. every 65 seconds. It’s the sixth leading cause of death—and it’s the only one of the top 10 causes of death that can’t be cured, slowed, or prevented. The walk is the world’s largest event that raises awareness and funds for treatment, support, and research for Alzheimer’s.

The official color for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month is purple, so the Alzheimer’s Association invites all participants to “go purple” by wearing purple clothing, adding a purple filter to their Facebook profile picture, or using the #ENDALZ and #MyAlzStory hashtags on social media to spread the word.

Representative Rebekah Curtis encouraged community members to participate in the event, and said that in Fayette County alone there are over 6,000 people affected by the disease.

“Five years ago I didn’t know about Alzheimer’s disease. I’d heard of it, but personally I hadn’t been affected by it so I ignored it,” Curtis said. “That changed when I started working at memory care community and my eyes were opened to what people were going through.”

The Southern Crescent 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City.

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