June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.

The Alzheimer's Association is asking everyone to "Go Purple" for a cure.

"When you think of pink, you think of breast cancer.  We want you, when you think of purple, (to) think of Alzheimer's awareness," says Brandi Medina of the organization's Huntsville office.

One way the Alzheimer's Association is spreading the message is through social media.

From celebrities to caregivers, those impacted by the disease are posting pictures of themselves wearing purple with the tagline, #ENDALZ.

Medina hopes people in North Alabama will join this social media movement.

"Whether it's at work with your co-workers or friends or people at church, or just your family - take a quick pic and send it to us and we'll put it on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts," she says.

To see your picture added to those accounts, email it to bmedina@alz.org

Of course, supporters are also encouraged to share the pictures on their individual accounts.

Another way to get involved is through the Longest Day.

On June 20, teams across the country will raise money by taking part in an activity of their choice from sunrise to sunset.

June 20 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The Longest Day event symbolizes the challenges facing Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.

As Medina says, "every day with Alzheimer's is the longest day."

If you can't participate, you can also donate to the cause.

Whether you take part of not, advocates hope you will take a moment to educate yourself about this disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause in the top 10 that cannot be cured, prevented or slowed.

It is always fatal - killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer, combined.

Still, early diagnosis remains important, giving families time to seek treatment and plan for the future.

To see the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's, click here.

If you or someone you love is experiencing any one of these, please see your doctor.

While there is no prevention, there are ways to lower your risk of developing the disease. More information on improving brain health, may be found here.