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UK Campus Goes Purple for Alzheimer's

Purple light on William T. Young Library.
Pete Comparoni l UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2019) — This week, the William T. Young Library will be lit with purple lights to show the University of Kentucky's commitment to a world without Alzheimer's disease and to commemorate the important work done by caregivers.

From Monday, Nov. 4, through Friday, Nov. 8, in celebration of both National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver’s Month, Young Library will cast a purple light on campus in hopes of spreading awareness.

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, according to 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, more than 5.8 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another related form of dementia.

To assist UK caregivers who are impacted by dementia, Work Life/Elder Care is hosting a Senior Caregiving Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. The conference is made up of two events: a half-day long Dementia Care Workshop featuring Kay Adams, founder of Compassion Works, and the fourth annual Senior Resource Fair. 

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.

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