Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness By Painting It Purple September 20

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH), Alzheimera��s Association Mississippi Chapter, and the UMMC MIND CenterA� wants Mississippians to help paint the state purple on September 20 in honor of Alzheimera��s Action Day.
Mississippians are encouraged to wear purple and display purple ribbons/bows on their homes and offices to show their support for people with Alzheimera��s disease and the loved ones who care for them. People are also encouraged to host a Paint It Purple! event in their city and/or workplace.
a�?Paint It Purple! is about increasing awareness of this devastating disease,a�? said Kathy Van Cleave, Director of DMHa��s Division of Alzheimera��s Disease and Other Dementia. a�?By opening up the dialogue, we can bring Alzheimera��s the attention it deserves. We are doing a lot to encourage awareness, education, and support, but there is so much more that needs to be done.a�?
The emotional, physical and financial toll can be difficult for the estimated 53,000 Mississippians diagnosed with Alzheimera��s disease. In 2010, there were 916 Alzheimera��s disease related deaths in Mississippi. By 2025, it is estimated more than 65,000 Mississippians will have Alzheimera��s disease.
a�?These figures are not simply statistics,a�? said Patty Dunn, Executive Director of the Alzheimera��s Association Mississippi Chapter. a�?It is a mother or a father, a brother or a sister or a friend.A� This global Alzheimera��s disease epidemic demands an enormous amount of attention.A� Paint It Purple!A� is a giant leap towards raising awareness of Alzheimera��s disease.A� The Alzheimera��s Association Mississippi Chapter is proud to stand beside DMH and wear purple with a purpose.a�?
According to the National Alzheimera��s Association warning signs of Alzheimera��s disease include:
a�?A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Memory loss that disrupts daily life
a�?A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Challenges in planning or solving problems
a�?A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
a�?A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Confusion with time or place
a�?A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
a�?A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� New problems with words in speaking or writing
a�?A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Misplacing things or losing the ability to retrace steps
a�?A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Decreased or poor judgment
a�?A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Withdrawal from work or social activities
a�?A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Changes in mood and personality
For more information, contact DMH at 601-359-1288 or the Alzheimera��s Association Mississippi Chapter at 601-987-0020 or visit www.dmh.ms.gov. Let us know how you chose to Paint It Purple!A� Submit your photo to the Division of Alzheimera��s at kathy.vancleave@dmh.state.ms.us