Morning Pointe Bringing Awareness to Alzheimer’s
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Allison Underwood
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and a local senior care facility is focusing on bringing light to this devastating disease for World Alzheimer’s Day on Sept. 21.
Morning Pointe Executive Director Maria Lewis said the memory care facility usually hosts an Alzheimer’s awareness walk every year, but COVID-19 put those plans on hold.
“This year we are doing a silent auction to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness,” Lewis said.
Families wear purple in September to bring awareness to the disease. Lewis said the goal is diminishing the stigma of dementia.
<span lang=”EN”>“Sometimes this thought of something you keep secret, something you keep hidden, but actually every family in America at some point will experience someone who has dementia,” Lewis said. “We just want to bring awareness that it’s OK and we are here to help.”</span>
<span lang=”EN”>Lewis said awareness is important because if families feel ashamed they may not seek out the support they need.</span>
<p><span lang=”EN”>“I just want to put it out there that it is nobody’s fault,” Lewis said. “It is nothing to be ashamed of and there are resources available.”</span></p><p><div></div><p><span lang=”EN”>Morning Pointe is currently offering virtual caregiver support groups. All you have to do is call 205-345-1112 or <a href=”https://morningpointe.com/caregiver-support-groups/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>click here for more information</a>.</span></p></p>