Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman met with local court clerks and a representative of Alzheimer’s Tennessee Friday to proclaim this week, Sept. 16-20, as “Purple Out Week” across the community.
Together, they join with more than 200 court clerks from across Tennessee, as well as other partners in the effort, to turn the Volunteer State purple and show support of families facing Alzheimer’s disease.
“Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating disease that impairs memory, reasoning, motor skills and the ability to take care of one’s self,” states the proclamation signed by Newman. “The impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals, families and our health care system makes the disease one of our nation’s primary medical, social and fiscal challenges.”
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia impacts at least 110,000 Tennesseans, affecting families across the state, including approximately 662 citizens in Lincoln County. Alzheimer’s Tennessee is an independent 501c3 not-for-profit organization based in Tennessee since 1983 that provides support services to our citizens, promotes brain health through education, and champions research for better prevention and treatment strategies.
The Court Clerks Association of Tennessee voted to adopt and support Alzheimer’s Tennessee, and now Lincoln County Circuit Court Clerk Lisa Simmons and Clerk & Master Rebecca Bartlett, along with court clerks from across the state, are showing their support by participating in the statewide “Purple Out Week”.
As part of the weeklong observance, citizens are urged to join in the effort to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as raise funds to support the work of Alzheimer’s Tennessee.