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Highland Health Care Center joins movement for Alzheimer’s Awareness

Highland Health Care Center is engaging in multiple Alzheimer’s Disease awareness projects throughout the summer, starting with “Going Purple,” in June and continuing with various fundraisers throughout the summer. (Highland Health Care Center photo)

Skilled nursing facility “Goes Purple,” holds other support activities

Provided by Highland Health Care Center

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, said the Alzheimer’s Association during its Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in June.

To show its ongoing support of memory conditions, Highland Health Care Center has been joining individuals and organizations around the world by holding activities to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Last month, the skilled nursing facility, in Highland, Ill. focused on “going purple,” the official color of Alzheimer’s awareness, to educate people about this condition and raise funds to help those with the disease, and is planning additional activities throughout the summer.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia – a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60% to 80% of dementia cases.

“Highland Health Care Center cares for many people in the community with memory conditions, including dementia and Alzheimer’s,” said its CEO/administrator, Katie Liszewski. “We realize how important it is for these patients to be nurtured and get specialized care in a compassionate environment. We also want to do our part in helping to accelerate critical research and find a cure.”

To enable that treatment, the facility has a dedicated, secure unit called the Recollections Memory Care Unit. It is a 16-bed secured unit offering 24/7 care to individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory conditions.

Skilled Nursing Facility Holding Alzheimer’s Events

To raise awareness during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and beyond, Highland Health Care Center:

  • Held a t-shirt sales fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.  Contact Mary to order your shirt today!  
  • Had multiple days throughout the summer where staff is encouraged to wear purple to spread awareness.  
  • Going casual for a cure- staff is encouraged to pay $1 to wear jeans from now until Saturday, Oct. 14th where they will join the Alzheimer’s Association and Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Edwardsville, IL 
  • Kicked off fundraising efforts that will take place from July through September, led by housekeeping director, Mary Cunningham, who is also president of Highland Health Care Center’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign. For more information regarding upcoming fundraising events, Cunningham can be reached at (618) 654-2368.

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