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Faith-Based Organizations

We need your help to make a difference in the lives of your members

People facing Alzheimer’s and dementia often turn to their faith communities for emotional and spiritual support. People who have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, especially those raised in religious households, are uplifted by worship services and visits. They often have the desire to continue to partake in church activities. Family members also have spiritual needs. Caring for a loved one can last for years, leaving the caregiver weary, isolated, frustrated, and depressed. At the same time, they may grieve the many losses of this journey. The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes the importance of spirituality and has developed programs to partner with congregations providing education and support to their members.

The Alzheimer’s Association partners with faith-based organizations and communities to help provide resources and education, and raise awareness of the disease. We do this through collaborative action plans which are organized by the faith organization’s leadership and our Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter team. If you are interested in partnering with us, please reach out to Amelia Garza at amgarza@alz.org.

PURPLE SUNDAY

Purple Sunday is a community event to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in communities through houses of worship.

By hosting a Purple Sunday event, churches can help their congregations learn more about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, risk factors, warning signs, the importance of an early diagnosis, the diagnostic process, and helpful programs offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. Each faith-based group hosts Purple Sunday in different ways including:

• Providing materials on a table

• Devoting one sermon or bible study to issues surrounding faith, aging, and dementia

• Asking members to wear purple during a Sunday service or faith event

• Praying with a purpose circle for those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia

• Hosting an Alzheimer’s Association education class or awareness presentation

If you live or worship in Illinois and are interested in hosting a Purple Sunday at your house of worship, contact the Alzheimer’s Association’s Illinois Chapter at 800.272.3900 or pbennett@alz.org for more information.

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