A few days ago, you may have seen some colorful lighting around Atlantic City. Around the globe, really. And that color is no accident.
On Nov. 2, three of the area’s Atlantic City casinos participated in the 10th Light the World in Teal campaign.
In fact, more than 1,000 buildings and landmarks throughout the world took part in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) program that raises awareness and shows support for the millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s.
Atlantic City casinos shine a light on Alzheimer’s
Each year, November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. And as a way to commemorate it, buildings and landmarks all over the world participate in the Light the World in Teal program, which quite literally shines a light on Alzheimer’s disease and shows support for those affected by it.
This year, three Atlantic City casinos took part:
“It’s wonderful to see some of Atlantic City’s most well-known and world renowned sites helping to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and show support for the millions of Americans impacted by the disease,” Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., AFA’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
“By ‘Going Teal,’ these sites are literally highlighting the issue of Alzheimer’s and the need to continue doing more for the 6.7 million Americans currently living with it. We thank them for supporting this program and all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”
Why teal for Alzheimer’s?
On Nov. 2, all three Atlantic City casinos lit up in teal, the official awareness color selected by the AFA.
According to the group’s website, the color teal “has been shown in color psychology studies to be a calming color.
“This is helpful when designing and decorating spaces and events to be welcoming and comforting to those living with Alzheimer’s. So, next time you see someone dressed in teal, remember the more than 6 million people living with Alzheimer’s and the help they need.”
It’s estimated that over 6.7 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, including 190,000 New Jersey residents. Projections indicate that that total will more than double by 2060, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The AFA emphasized that there are a number of quick, easy ways you can continue helping raise awareness, showing support and fighting the disease.