As the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease continues to climb, affecting families in every community across America, Heatherwood Retirement Community will hold an inspirational candle lighting ceremony on Nov. 15 to remember individuals and their families who have been touched by the incurable brain disorder.
The community event is part of the 11th annual National Commemorative Candle Lighting sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and is one of AFA’s ongoing national initiatives to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. The event commemorates National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November.
Heatherwood Retirement Community will hold its ceremony at their location, on 3180 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, beginning at 6 p.m. In addition to the candle lighting, participants will have the opportunity to read names of individuals who had or have Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, call 610-273-9301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“You can’t imagine the number of families who have suffered due to Alzheimer’s,” Heather Goodno, marketing director at Heatherwood, said. “Friends, neighbors and family members will have the opportunity to honor their loved ones on the 15th. They will give a voice to those who have fought and who continue to fight this horrible disease.”
Hundreds of other organizations across the country will similarly light “candles of care” during the weekend of prayer or throughout the month. AFA also invites the public to light virtual candles and record the names of loved ones in the Book of Remembrance on AFA’s National Commemorative Candle Lighting website, www.candlelighting.org.
Alzheimer’s disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It affects as many as 5.1 million Americans and its incidence is escalating in line with a growing older population, including baby boomers who began turning 65 last year. Advanced age is the biggest known risk factor for the brain disorder.
Also in November, to mark National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, sites across the nation will provide free, confidential memory screenings and education about successful aging as part of AFA’s annual National Memory Screening Day on Nov. 19.