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      People encouraged to wear purple for Alzheimer's Awareness

      This Friday and Saturday, people are encouraged to wear purple to help raise awareness for a still misunderstood disease.

      June is 'National Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month', and at least 44 million people world-wide suffer from the disease. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, sometimes becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

      "All of us are forgetful at times, but if it seems to be more of a recurring problem, we actually have standardized tests that can be administered in the primary care office that can help make the diagnosis very accurately," said Justin Puckett, D.O., a Kirksville Physician.

      Effective Alzheimer's drugs are available and the disease can be treated. If you or a loved one is showing signs of Alzheimer's, Dr. Puckett urges you to visit a medical professional immediately.