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November 7, 2013

Mimi’s The Look helps paint town purple Saturday

THOMASVILLE — Mimi's The Look, 106 W. Jackson St., has stepped up to the plate as Thomasville’s first Purple Partner, donating 10 percent of all sales on Saturday, to the Alzheimer’s Association.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan declaring November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

The Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, based in Atlanta, is spearheading an awareness campaign called “Go Purple 4 Alzheimer’s, Georgia,” throughout the seven regions of the state, including south Georgia.

In Thomasville, downtown businesses are invited to “Paint Thomasville Purple” with purple bows displayed in front of participating partners.

More Thomasville businesses may participate by scheduling similar fundraising events with a percentage of sales going to the association.

Or, they may accept donations and post Point of Purchase Forget-Me-Not signs at their business. Companies not involved in service or retail may schedule Casual for the Cause days in which employees make a donation to dress in purple and jeans one day a week.

Potential purple partners may download partnership agreements at http://gopurple4alz.org and email them to Thomasville resident Angela Williamson at angelapwilliamson@gmail.com, who will provide purple bows for participating businesses.

Williamson is an Alzheimer’s Association regional board member. Participating businesses will be listed on this statewide website along with their scheduled events. They will also be posted on the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/alzsoga.

 For more information, call 1-800-272-3900 and ask for Dan Phillips, Regional Director of Development.

Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association advances research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.

It is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

 More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. This number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association® 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures report. 

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s are:

n Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

n Challenges in planning or solving problems.

n Difficulty performing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.

n Confusion with time or place.

n Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.

n New problems with words in speaking or writing.

n Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.

Decreased or poor judgment.

n Withdrawal from work or social activities.

n Changes in mood and personality.

Anyone needing more information on the importance of an early diagnosis or suspecting they or a loved one may have dementia should call the 24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900.

 

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