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National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and the Color Purple


National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and the Color Purple
National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and the Color Purple
© Dixie Allan

According to the Alzheimer’s Association there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and as many as 10 million family caregivers.

From the Alzheimer's Association, here are the 10 Warning Signs of alzheimer's disease:

  1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

For more information on the subject, visit Alzheimer's Association.

On A Lighter Note

Jenny Joseph, an English poet wrote a wonderful "purple" poem in 1961 when she was thirty years old. It was not originally widely accepted in British publications but when it was printed in the New York Times, it became a globally well-known and expressive icon of womens aging and freedom. In a poll offered by the BBC in 1996, her poem was accepted as the most popular post-war poetry ever published in British history.

The second line of her poem became the inspiration for the Red Hat Society that has been popular over the globe. Love and laughter are the backbone of this club for ladies, delightful wearers of red hats and purple clothing along with other red accessories. Their individualized society expresses the joy of life in self and others.

The following are only the first few lines of the poem that Jenny Joseph wrote and titled "Warning"

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

To read the poem in it's entirety visit Warning

If her poem had anything to do with the color purple being the color of the Alzheimer's Awareness Ribbon is unclear. I tend to think that it did but even if it had nothing to do with purple becoming the awareness ribbon color, the poem is still great.

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