Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Lexington Goes Purple

The Town of Lexington will turn purple for two days in June with programs and activities to raise awareness about the far-reaching impact of Alzheimer’s disease and to support affected residents and families.

The events begin on Saturday, June 8 (events 10:30-5) in Cary Memorial Library at 2pm with a presentation “The Science of Hope:  Progress Toward A World Without Alzheimer’s Disease”.  The talk will be given by Kelsey Gosselin, Manager of Medical and Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association World Medical Congress, who will discuss the latest research in the field including information on how residents can participate in clinical studies.

Following the talk, the Library will host the Citizen’s Science project “Stall Catchers”.  Attendees can play this web based video game on their mobile devices and, in so doing, help researchers at Cornell University advance their research.  The Library will also host a lemonade stand.  Stop by for a cup of lemonade.  All donations will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cary Library’s Idea Wall will feature Alzheimer’s and dementia related and questions on which  community members can provide feedback and share their experiences for all of June, which is Brain Health month.
Then on Sunday, June 9 (events 11-4) activities start with the Purple Puppy Promenade at 11am, open to all dog owners. Dress your pooch in purple and join in a walk around Emery Park and along the Minuteman Bike Path.  Make a donation and take home some purple swag for your pup.  Show off your pet’s tricks and obedience skills and win a prize!   Register in advance by emailing Joyce Murphy at or on site the day of the event.

The events at the Lexington Depot begin at noon and will include activities for the whole family. 
Children can participate in a multi-generational dementia coloring book project and learn origami to help create 1,000 paper cranes as a symbol of hope and healing and to fulfill the wish for a cure for Alzheimer’s.  The afternoon will also feature a performance by the Lexington Chamber Society and a closing celebration with purple ice cream.

From 1:00 to 4:00pm, Brookhaven at Lexington will host a social bridge tournament.  Partners will be provided and prizes will be awarded.  Registration in advance is required, and a $10 donation is requested.  Please contact Jim Osten at or Jeanne Krieger for registration and more information.

Lexington Goes Purple is part of the Alzheimer’s Association event “The Longest Day”.  All proceeds benefit the research, advocacy and support services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.

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