Hundreds of buildings and structures around the world, including eight famous Western New York landmarks, will be lit with a brilliant teal color this week to raise awareness for a cause that’s near and dear to so many of us. 

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Over 6.2 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and according to the CDC, that number is expected to more than double by 2060. 

For many Americans, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis isn’t just hard on the one suffering symptoms but also an overwhelming and heartbreaking reality for those who care for them. 

Although there are many treatments out there to help ease the symptoms of Alzheimer's, and research is continually being done, there is currently no cure for the disease. 

On Thursday, November 3rd, more than 800 buildings and landmarks worldwide will show their support for Alzheimer’s awareness by lighting up teal as part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) “Light the World in Teal” program. 

Eight famous buildings, structures, and landmarks across Western New York will be lighting up teal to lend their support to Alzheimer's awareness, including:

 

  • Peace Bridge
  • Niagara Falls
  • Buffalo City Hall
  • The Dome at Buffalo Botanical Gardens
  • Electric Tower
  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Tonawanda City Hall

 

“Light the World in Teal” takes place every November during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month to heighten the visibility of the disease while simultaneously showing support for those suffering from it. 

Along with literally shining a light on the disease, supporters are encouraged to wear teal on November 3rd to heighten Alzheimer’s awareness even more. 

If you’re wondering why the color teal is so closely associated with the cause, it’s because teal is the official awareness color of the AFA, and there’s actually a science behind them choosing it. Teal has been shown in color psychology studies to be a calming color, and is helpful when designing and decorating spaces and events to be welcoming and comforting to those living with Alzheimer’s. 

So this Thursday, when you drive by one of the many Western New York landmarks lit up in beautiful teal lights, send a thought to the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s, along with their families, friends, and caregivers.

To find out which other structures will be participating in the AHA’s “Light the World in Teal” program this year or how you can get involved, click here

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