PS 83 hosts Purple Day to raise awareness for Alzheimer's

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A school in Morris Park hosted its fifth annual Purple Day Monday to raise awareness for Alzheimer's.

The students at P.S. 83 learned what it means to be a child caregiver through the program SHARKS, also known as Students Helping and Assisting Relatives with Knowledge and Skills.

Organizers say the program was launched as a youth caregiver initiative five years ago, giving participants skills and resources on how to better deal with their mental health when taking care of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's or another illness.

They say about 1.4 million child caregivers nationwide are between the ages of 8 and 18 years old.

All funds raised are donated to the Alzheimer's Association. Students could also support the program by purchasing a $2 purple bracelet.

The program hopes to expand to other elementary schools.

 

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