Jefferson's Ferry Paints the Campus Purple for Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Residents Collect the Green to Donate to the Alzheimer's Association
By: Jefferson's Ferry
 
SOUTH SETAUKET, N.Y. - June 24, 2020 - PRLog -- Jefferson's Ferry Life Plan Community is painting the campus purple to support Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month in June, while residents and staff raise money to support research for Alzheimer's disease.

Just two weeks into the month-long fundraising effort, $3,790 in sums of $5 and $10 and a handful of $100 and $200 donations has been raised. This amount is more than half of the $5,000 target goal.

In exchange for their online or credit card donation, residents are presented with a purple and yellow paper flower to hang on their door -- a great conversation starter, says Kaylin Peterson, director of philanthropy at Jefferson's Ferry.

"Neighbors see the purple flowers, ask about them, and they usually make their own donation," she says. "The impact of this disease resonates with everyone, including staff members. Along with raising awareness, we're raising funds to support research."

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and deaths from Alzheimer's have increased 146% between 2000 and 2018, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Staff members have raised about $600 for the Alzheimer's Association through Jefferson's Ferry's Casual for a Cause fundraiser, which allows staff to pay $5 for a voucher that allows them to wear jeans on a Friday.

Fundraising efforts conclude on June 30. Peterson says, she's certain residents will exceed the $5,000 goal. Visit www.alz.org for more information.

Jefferson's Ferry is an award-winning, wellness-focused life plan community – the first on Long Island – inspiring those 62 years-old and better to live retirement their way through health programs and personal training, lifelong learning, social and cultural experiences, outdoor amenities and gardening areas, and access to hobbies and creative pursuits. Apartment and cottage homes are available, along with onsite medical services, assisted living, short- and long-term rehabilitation and memory care services. Expansion plans are underway for new independent living apartments, a marketplace and bistro, a health and wellness center, and more. Visit www.jeffersonsferry.org or call 631-253-7950 for more information. Jefferson's Ferry is located at One Jefferson Ferry Drive, South Setauket, NY 11720.
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