Hospital to hold Alzheimer’s awareness event

Published 3:16 pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health department will host its first candlelight tribute to honor Alzheimer’s patients on the hospital’s front lawn Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6-7 p.m.

The event, held timely considering its Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, seeks to commemorate those who have died with Alzheimer’s and all those who are currently suffering from the disease.

“We want to commemorate those who are suffering from the disease or those who have lost their lives,” said Jeanette Crusoe, who works in the hospital’s behavioral health department. “We do see the disease quite often in the elderly population in Demopolis.”

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The ceremony will include a candle lighting, music, food,a proclamation signing by Mayor Mike Grayson and a special guest speaker.

“I think what is most challenging for patients or caregivers is the fact this is a rural community, and it may be challenging to get patients to the hospital or get necessary resources,” she said.

She said those who may not be able to make the event, but want a candle to be lit in honor of someone can call (334) 287-2816.

“We also want people to be aware of the resources to help them in the community,” she said. “We hope to make this an annual event.”

Contributions will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Association. Contributors are asked to provide the name the gift honors.

Checks should be made payable to the Alzheimer’s Association. Checks are also accepted by mail to the following address: BWWMH, Marketing/Candle Tribute, P.O. Box 890, Demopolis, AL 36732.