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Viewpoint - September 12, 2012

Letter: Wear purple on Alzheimer's Action Day

We are all in a position to make a big difference. September is World Alzheimer's Month, a time when people around the world are making a concentrated effort to increase public concern. You'll see us wearing purple on Sept. 21, Alzheimer's Action Day.

Many diseases that were once incurable now have treatments available, enabling people to live longer lives. The highest risk factor for Alzheimer's dementia is age. Currently, there are no known ways to prevent, cure or slow the progression of this fatal disease. It can happen to anyone. It will affect all of us, one way or another.

My mother died from Alzheimer's three years ago. I have been volunteering in an art program offered by the Alzheimer's Association for seven years. I've joined the local Alzheimer's Association board. I see both the destruction of individuals and the enormous task that is before the rest of us.

We are working to avert a disaster as Baby Boomers reach the age of typical onset. There are important things that can be done to lessen the impact on individuals and on society, but unless we pay attention, it will be too little, too late. By wearing purple on Sept. 21st, you can show that you care. We hope it will start the conversation.

If you or someone you know is seeking information about the disease or support in dealing with it, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900or visit www.alz.org.

Kerry DeBenedetti, Woodside

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