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Hall goes purple for Alzheimer’s

For the first time ever, the façade of Brooklyn Borough Hall will be illuminated purple — the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter — from October 24-26, as part of the annual “Week to Remember.”

Week to Remember is dedicated to raising awareness and to help us remember all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. It consists of a series of events and activities organized by the chapter, culminating October 26 at the 20th Annual Memory Walk — a two mile walk through scenic Riverside Park, where thousands of New Yorkers from every borough will pound the pavement to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

With its purple glow, Borough Hall will join such famous New York City landmark buildings as the Empire State Building and the Con Edison Building in support of the fight against this devastating disease.

Lou-Ellen, president and CEO of the chapter said, “Every 71 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s. In less than 50 years, one out of every five New Yorkers will either have Alzheimer’s disease or be caring for someone who does. We are grateful to Borough President Marty Markowitz for joining our fight and for helping to remind Brooklynites that we all have part to play, and a stake in, the fight against Alzheimer’s.”

“As president of the borough with the largest population of seniors in the city, I am committed to using all the powers of this office to keep our ‘mature-er’ Brooklynites healthy and active and living in Brooklyn as long as possible,” said Markowitz.

“Our senior years should be our very best, and I support the Alzheimer’s Association-NYC Chapter’s efforts to educate residents about this disease and advocate for funding the research that will lead to better diagnosis and more effective treatment. The purple lights illuminating Borough Hall from October 24-26 will reflect Brooklyn’s recognition of Week to Remember and will, I hope, inspire even more Brooklynites to contribute to efforts to eradicate this debilitating disease.”

This year’s Memory Walk is expected to raise $1.25 million to help the chapter offer care, support and education for the 250,000 New Yorkers with Alzheimer’s disease living in the five boroughs, from every race, gender and culture. Dollars raised also go toward advancing research into better treatments and a possible cure.

To learn more about how to sign up for the Memory Walk, visit the chapter’s website at www.alznyc.org.

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