Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell signed a proclamation Monday announcing this as purple out week, to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.
The resolution urges county residents and employees to join the effort in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and related dementia conditions. Pictured at the signing are Executive Administrative Assistant Roxanne Patton, Cordell and Tennessee Alzheimer’s Fran Gray, South Central Tennessee Regional Coordinator. Gray said that Tennessee Alzheimer’s is the county’s only Alzheimer’s support group.
The organization offers support groups for families and patients, training and works to raise awareness of the disease. Purple out week kicks off National Alzheimer’s Awareness month, declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Gray shared that in 1983, nationwide, there were fewer than 2 million people with dementia related conditions. Today that number has doubled, 120,000 in Tennessee and over 800 in Coffee County.