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Bishop’s Commons Doing Its Part During Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

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.

Bishop’s Commons resident Jack Welling receives his purple ribbon as a show of support for National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Pinning the ribbon intern Bridget McCarron, who is studying human development and gerontology at SUNY Oswego. Together they both hope to help raise awareness of the prevalence of this disease and the need to continue to work towards a cure.
Bishop’s Commons resident Jack Welling receives his purple ribbon as a show of support for National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Pinning the ribbon intern Bridget McCarron, who is studying human development and gerontology at SUNY Oswego. Together they both hope to help raise awareness of the prevalence of this disease and the need to continue to work towards a cure.

“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.

Bishop’s Commons intern Kate Vulcano, a human development major at SUNY Oswego, adds a purple ribbon to the Bishop’s Commons sign as part of efforts to help call attention to the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and the need to continue to work towards a cure.
Bishop’s Commons intern Kate Vulcano, a human development major at SUNY Oswego, adds a purple ribbon to the Bishop’s Commons sign as part of efforts to help call attention to the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and the need to continue to work towards a cure.

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.”