Lots of people were spotted wearing purple outside of the state Capitol Wednesday afternoon. That's where the "Alzheimer's Action Day" rally took place – to help raise awareness about a deadly illness impacting millions worldwide.
Organizers from the Alzheimer's Association and the Department of Mental Health hosted the rally. Currently, in the state of Mississippi, an estimated 53,000 people are living with Alzheimer's disease. The illness is the sixth leading cause of death among older adults.
Kathy Van Cleave, the Director of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia for the MS Department of Health says, "the individual who is dealing with this disease, whether it be in the very very beginning stages or at the very very end of life still is an individual, they still have thoughts, they still have feelings, they may not be able to express them in the way you or I can do that, but they are still an individual and they still feel loved."
For more information or support regarding Alzheimer's disease, you can call the Mississippi Department of Health at 601-359-1288. You can also call the Alzheimer's Association at 601-987-0020.
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