Darien will 'Paint the Town Purple' in June for Alzheimer's Awareness

Robin Roscillo, a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association, left,  picking up the Proclamation at Town Hall from First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.
Robin Roscillo, a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association, left,  picking up the Proclamation at Town Hall from First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.

In honor of June’s Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson has signed a proclamation formally stating Darien’s support. It is a time for Darien to go purple to show support for the millions of people worldwide struggling with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

On June 22, downtown Darien Businesses will come together to “Paint the Town Purple” raising money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Associations Connecticut Chapter.

At 10 a.m., there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Nielsen’s Florist in Darien to kick off the all day long “Paint the Town Purple Event.” First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and State Rep. Terrie Wood will be in attendance to offer a few words. Nielsen’s Florist has donated beautiful purple bows for businesses to display on their storefronts in recognition of their support, and will have additional bows for residents to purchase for display on their front doors.

We are encouraging all residents to come out on June 22nd and support Darien stores and restaurants in this effort. There will be a lot of purple fun, from purple drinks to purple displays and more. Participating stores will display the Velum Alzheimer’s Association decal in the window and the large purple bow.

The goal of “Paint the Town Purple” is to increase awareness about Alzheimer's disease and the free programs and services offered by the Alzheimer's Association, and to encourage residents to join one of our participating Business walk teams, or to start their own team in remembrance of a loved one. On June 22nd, there will be information tables set up throughout the town with volunteers from William Raveis and Bankers Life ready to help residents set up their team, provide information on the Alzheimer’s Association and taking donations. Teams from all over Fairfield County will come together at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, on Sunday, Oct. 13 for the annual walk to end Alzheimer’s.

Right now, there are 78 thousand people living with Alzheimer’s in Connecticut and 178 thousand caregivers. Every 65 seconds someone develops this disease in the U.S. It is time to talk about memory concerns. The Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging families to bravely broach the subject about a loved one’s memory loss. There are education classes in person and on-line that can teach the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s and how to talk to your doctor about your concerns.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit www.alz.org/ct or call 800-272-3900.

If you have any questions on the Paint the Town Purple Event, or would like to participate, please contact event chair Pamela Payne at 203-912-5047 or pamela.payne@raveis.com.