Purple Balloon Alzheimer’s Awareness Center hosts open house


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David Morgan, Ph.D., CEO of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, left of center, was the keynote speaker at the Nov. 8 opening of the Purple Balloon Alzheimer’s Awareness Center at One Senior Place in Viera. He is surrounded by staff and board members of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation, which runs the Center: Jennifer Alexander, Bryan Hatfield, Center director Richard Rossell, Foundation CEO Chris Stagman, board chairman Susan Blakeslee, David Slonim, Robert Marchello, Lee Garner, W. Wilson Sims, Sonny Simerly, Rachel Terry and Janice Miller

Mary Brotherton

Chris Stagman, CEO of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation, and Richard Rossell, program director of the Purple Balloon Alzheimer’s Awareness Center, hosted an open house Friday evening, Nov. 8 to unveil the new Purple Balloon Alzheimer’s Awareness Center located in One Senior Place in Viera.

The center is a program of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation created to provide information related to optimal brain health through intervention and education about Alzheimers disease and related forms of dementia.

Monthly events, programs, guest speakers and discussion groups will awaken public awareness to the Alzheimer’s epidemic and strategies to keep the brain in optimal health.
Dave Morgan, Ph.D. was the event’s guest speaker. Morgan is CEO of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa and a distinguished professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology.

“The institute is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. With a state-of-the-art facility and a highly qualified team of researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators, they are in the forefront of Alzheimer’s research and care,” he said.

Guests were treated to an array of gourmet foods generously provided by local assisted living facilities that specialize in the care of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Autumn House,  Glenbrooke, Hibiscus Court and Sonata received an award thanking them for the service to the residents of their respective facilities.

Also, Ruth McCartney and Louise Jones were honored for their longtime support of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Baer’s Furniture in Melbourne donated four  purple chairs for use in the center.

For more information about the Purple Balloon Alzheimer’s Awareness Center, call 321-253-6362 or visit 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera. 

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