June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month- a month designated by the Alzheimer’s Association® to raise awareness about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Purple is the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement. During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association® asks people around the world to “go purple” and use their brains to fight this devastating disease.
Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease that kills nerve cells and tissue in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think and plan. Worldwide 50 million people are living with dementia and 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are commissioned to care for many of these individuals day in and day out. Many residents with Alzheimer’s lose their ability to communicate, recognize family and friends, eat, and even perform the most basic self-care tasks.
The Alzheimer’s Association® has many tips and ideas to raise awareness in your facility. Below are some ideas to “Go Purple” in the cafeteria. Research has shown that certain foods improve brain health and function.
- Create a “Go Purple” Menu for the cafeteria and incorporate brain healthy food items.
- Blueberry French Toast
- Raisin Bran Cereal
- Purple Hard-Boiled Eggs and Whole Wheat Toast
- Baked Chicken Breast with Purple Cabbage and Sweet Potatoes
- Mixed Fruit Bowl with Blackberries, Plums, Strawberries and Cantaloupe
- Decorate the cafeteria.
- Use purple table clothes.
- Decorate with purple balloons.
- Place Alzheimer’s Association tent cards on the tables so staff can learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease.
The number of people living with dementia is increasing and is estimated to reach 82 million by the year 2030. By year’s end, Alzheimer’s disease will cost the United States an estimated $355 billion. This cost is set to exceed $1.1 trillion by 2050. By raising awareness and making key lifestyle habits everyone can reduce their risk of cognitive decline. Visit www.alz.org/10ways to learn more.