OSWEGO – Residents, staff, family and friends at Bishop’s Commons Enriched Housing Residence in Oswego are teaming up to help shine the spotlight on National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month this November.
“Here at Bishop’s Commons we are working together to help support the Alzheimer’s Association and the battle against this disease,” said Cheryl Cullinan, Bishop’s Commons director of activities. “We have placed a number of highly visible purple ribbons around the residence and grounds and are asking anyone who visits to receive and wear a purple ribbon made by our residents, as a way to draw attention to Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s will grow each year as the size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continue to increase. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million — a 40 percent increase from the 5.1 million age 65 and older affected in 2015.
In Oswego County alone it is estimated that nearly 14% of adults aged 65 years or older suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Cullinan added, “Most of us know someone affected by this disease, and by understanding the prevalence of Alzheimer’s we can all work to make sure that the necessary resources are made available to help find a cure.”