If you have not heard of her yet, it is likely you will in the near future. She is making her way across the world as a symbol of Hope, Protection, Inspiration and Universal Team work to raise awareness for those who have dementia related illnesses. The Purple Angel symbol was designed by Norman McNamara of Devon UK and Jane Moore, a care giver from Cornwall. She is becoming known as a global emblem for dementia awareness and is often seen in the windows of store fronts or locations that have received dementia awareness training. You may see her on the flag of an individual’s home as they show their support for dementia awareness, on a piece of jewelry or dancing about on a T-shirt in all her purple glory announcing her dementia awareness cause. Sightings of the Purple Angel are being reported everywhere from the UK, Australia, India and now the United States!
Norman McNamara was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 50. He found the courage to reach through the bars of his disease and become a catalyst to set free a movement designed to empower people with dementia and help the world better understand what dementia is…and isn’t. Norman started a movement that continues to grow. He founded the Dementia Awareness Day, has authored four books, and is a true pioneer for the world to follow in dementia advocacy through projects such as the Purple Angel. Joining forces with others like Jane Moore, Norman’s Purple Angel Campaign has helped business owners and shops across the world become educated on what it means to have individuals with dementia as patrons. Services and supports are growing where non existed before. People are becoming more involved and most importantly, those living with dementia are LIVING better lives. To learn more about Norman and the Purple Angel Campaign, visit www.purpleangel-global.com