Tennesseans across the state wearing purple, practicing brain health, and decorating offices, classrooms and homes to raise awareness and funds to support Alzheimer’s Tennessee during the 5th Anniversary of Purple Out Tennessee next week, Sept. 16-20, 2019.

New this year, participants are invited to Purple Out for 5 Ways in 5 Days to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of Purple Out Tennessee.

Starting Monday, Court Clerks across Tennessee will engage courthouses and justice centers in fun and meaningful activities daily to help fulfill Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s vision to Make Alzheimer’s a Memory.

Businesses, schools and individuals will also participate and turn the Volunteer State purple to show support for families facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Purple Out Tennessee began with the state’s Clerks of Courts Association, including Loudon County’s Clerk and Master Lisa Niles, Hamblen County’s Clerk and Master Kathy Jones-Terry, Blount County’s Circuit Court Clerk Tom Hatcher, Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond as well as Court Clerks in Anderson, Jefferson, Sevier, Cocke Counties and beyond.

Because Alzheimer’s disease and dementia impact more than 110,000 Tennesseans, the Board of Directors for the State Court Clerks Association of Tennessee voted to adopt and support Alzheimer’s Tennessee, a statewide Knoxville-based 501c3 not-for-profit organization that provides support services, promotes brain health through education, and champions research for better prevention and treatment strategies.

“Purple Out Tennessee is personal for so many of the Court Clerks and the people we serve in our communities statewide,” Loudon County’s Lisa Niles, President of the Clerks of Courts Association, explained. “This is an opportunity to show those families that we remember, while supporting a not-for-profit that’s headquartered in our state and best equipped to meet the needs of today with services and tomorrow through research.”

Purple Out Tennessee 5 Ways in 5 Days:

• Monday, Sept. 16: Go Purple! Decorate your car, office, front/office door, and mailbox with purple for the week! Use purple ribbons or incorporate a fun theme (ie superheros).

• Tuesday, Sept. 17: Purple Memory Day Pay tribute to a loved one who has been touched by this disease. Reach out to a caregiver to show your support. Visit www.alzTennessee.org/purpleout for printable tribute wall posters and certificates to present to a loved one or caregiver.

• Wednesday, Sept. 18: Eat Purple, Play Purple Think brain-healthy: berries, grapes, plums. Challenge yourself and co-workers or family to a memory game.

• Thursday, Sept. 19: Sock Out Alzheimer’s Put on a pair of new purple and orange Tri-Star Alzheimer’s Tennessee Socks - or the new orange and white houndstooth to show your volunteer spirit.

• Friday, Sept. 20: Wear Purple or a 2019 Purple Out t-shirt! The best way to show your colors is with an official 2019 “Purple Out” T-shirt. Enjoy the soft, gray shirts with new license plate design.

“Seeing our state turn purple to show support for the hundreds of thousands of families like mine who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is incredibly powerful. I know many understand what it’s like to lose a loved one to this disease. It steals both memories and dignity. My father inspired me – and I hope our loved ones will inspire everyone to come together again and make the 5th Anniversary of Purple Out Tennessee even more memorable,” said Blount County’s Circuit Court Clerk Tom Hatcher, who helped initiate the event.

Many of the more than 200 Court Clerk offices throughout the state have materials available for the public, including brochures about warning signs, what to expect and how to help as a caregiver during early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s, brain health, and the online caregiver academy offered by Alzheimer’s Tennessee 24/7 at www.alzTennessee.org. Purple Out Tennessee is an opportunity for individuals and families to see that they’re not alone, connect with resources, and ask questions.

“Our phones really ring because of Purple Out activities,” Alzheimer’s Tennessee President/CEO Janice Wade-Whitehead explained. “Those who wear purple to raise awareness and funds help many Tennesseans connect with Alzheimer’s Tennessee resources, including our knowledgeable staff at six regional offices across the state. We want our fellow Tennesseans to know we can provide help and hope, and together we will Make Alzheimer’s a Memory.”

Here’s how YOU can help:

1. Purple Out 5 Ways in 5 Days. Start by decorating on Monday and then be sure to wear purple on Friday. See complete list for daily ideas. Take pictures and share your purple pride. Post your photos with the hash tag #PurpleOut and #PurpleOutTN.

2. Learn about Alzheimer’s disease. Every minute someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. More than 110,000 Tennesseans are facing the disease and that number is growing. Alzheimer’s Tennessee offers caregiver classes, one-on-one consultations with families and community education statewide. Court Clerk offices across the state have educational materials from Alzheimer’s Tennessee to help you learn about Alzheimer’s and related dementias. For more information go to www.alzTennessee.org.

3. Make a donation. Along with displaying your purple spirit we hope you will consider supporting Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s mission with a donation. If you visit your Court Clerk’s office to donate, please make checks payable to Alzheimer’s Tennessee. Donate by mail to Alzheimer’s Tennessee main office at 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN 37919. To make an online donation go to http://www.alztennessee.org/donate.