Join the movement to end Alzheimer’s during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and the Alzheimer’s Association® needs you to get involved and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a disease that is often misunderstood. During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Capital of Texas Chapter asks you to learn more about Alzheimer’s, share your story and take action.

Go PurpleGo purple — the color of Alzheimer’s awareness — on Facebook, Twitter and more! 

  • Wear purple and get a group or your office together in purple for the cause. Find special promotions this month at our shop
  • Add the purple banner to your social media profile pictures and encourage others to do the same. Click here and search “Alzheimer’s Association” to change your photo.
  • Share your photos and stories with #IGOPURPLEFOR & #ENDALZ. We’ll re-share as much as we can from our Facebook page!

Share The FactsResearch is still evolving, but evidence is strong that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes. It’s never too late or too early to start thinking about your brain’s health – making healthy choices at any age is beneficial. 

Visit alz.org/10ways to learn more.

Learn and share the facts about Alzheimer’s disease found at alz.org/facts. Did you know: 

  • Alzheimer’s kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined. It is the 6th leading cause of death in America.
  • Alzheimer’s is not normal aging or just memory loss. It’s a progressive brain disease without any cure. 
  • More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, 15 million Americans are caregivers to those with the disease (often unpaid family members, and often must take on as a full time job), and more than 350,000 Texans have the disease.
  • Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the United States. It costs taxpayers $20 million EACH HOUR

Participate in The Longest DayThe Longest Day® is a city-wide event to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Held on the summer solstice, June 21, The Longest Day symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Even if you don’t have personal connections to Alzheimer’s, this is a great way to get involved in your community, at the office or with clubs or organizations you belong to. 

The Longest Day is all about love. Show your love by sharing a selfie or photo of someone you’re honoring using #ENDALZ & #TheLongestDay. The Show Your Love Gallery can be viewed at alz.org/showyourlove. Start or join a team today at alz.org/thelongestday.

Find more resources on Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month at alz.org/abam.

About the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of TexasAlzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas has been serving Central Texas for over 30 years. The Capital of Texas chapter offers resources, education and support to Austin, Georgetown, Temple and surrounding areas. If you’re interested in becoming a Support Group Facilitator or a Community Educator, learn about taking our online trainings at training.alz.org. 

The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in more than 200 languages. Our staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. Reach the helpline at 1.800.272.3900. Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas, and how we can help you, your community and your business. Visit alz.org/texascapital.

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