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Young Library shines purple to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and caregivers

Buildings lit up purple for National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver’s Month. Photo by Pete Comparoni

LEXINGTON, Ky. — In celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver’s Month, from Wednesday, Nov. 4 to Friday, Nov. 6, the William T. Young Library will shine purple to show the University of Kentucky’s commitment to a world without Alzheimer’s disease and to commemorate the important work done by caregivers.

Nearly 40 years ago, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Today, more than 5.8 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another related form of dementia. While that number is staggering, millions more are impacted by the disease due to caregiver needs.

To assist UK caregivers who are impacted by dementia, every year, UK’s Elder Care hosts the Senior Caregiving Conference.

The 2020 Senior Caregiving Conference will be held virtually Friday, Nov. 6, and will feature a two-hour webinar with dementia expert Teepa Snow, followed by a one-hour virtual resource fair with local exhibitors. Interested attendees should register here.

Through partnered efforts, UK Work-Life hopes to provide information, resources, and support to those impacted by this disease and to reinforce their support to UK and community caregivers.

To learn more about UK Elder Care, click here. For questions about the upcoming Senior Caregiving Conference or general elder care needs, please reach out to Terri Weber.