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Alzheimer’s Association to make Historic Capitol purple tonight

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Florida’s Historic Capitol will “turn” purple Tuesday evening, part of a special ceremony with lawmakers to celebrate the annual Alzheimer’s Association State Advocacy Day on Wednesday.

“Nearly 80 advocates from all over the state of Florida — including caregivers and those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s — will be visiting their legislators throughout Wednesday to (ask) for increased state research funding, support services, education programs, cultural outreach and increased respite care services,” the group said in a statement.

Before that, purple lights will be shown on the old Capitol starting at 6 p.m. “to bring concern and awareness to Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in America,” the statement said.

The state of Florida has the second highest incidence rate in the country: More than 500,000 Floridians live with Alzheimer’s, according to the association.

“As our Congress just passed a $350 million increase in research funding, we’re looking for Florida to also take up the yoke and raise concern and awareness, as well as funding,” Alzheimer’s Association CEO Kay Redington said.

For more information about the state advocacy day in Tallahassee, call 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/cnfl.

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Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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