(DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)
Staff members of the Central Arkansas Regional Office of the OK/AR Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association participated in the Longest Day by implementing the "Purple with a Purpose" driving tour. The team traveled through most of the 41 counties in their service region, including a stop in Poinsett County, to raise awareness, dispense Alzheimer's information and challenge people with fun, physical activities.
The team stopped off at Three Rivers Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Marked Tree around midday. "We were one of the pit stops for the Alzheimer's Association tour on the Longest Day," Three Rivers Marketing Director Sherry Pearce said. "We had several persons and organizations represented to meet and greet the Alzheimer's Association on the Longest Day. Everyone wore their Purple with a Purpose shirts to increase Alzheimer's awareness. Three Rivers also held a community wide bake sale with great participation. We would like to thank everyone who came out and made this day a success."
Other cities on the tour included Little Rock, Jonesboro, Marion, Pine Bluff, Monticello, El Dorado, Malvern and Hot Springs.
Alzheimer's disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation's sixth leading cause of death. As many as 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and this number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050. In Arkansas alone, there are 60,000 people living with Alzheimer's.
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.alz.org or call 800-272-3900.