Family-Friendly Event Nov. 17

By Banner Health

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in coordination with community partners is hosting Shine a Light on All Dementias, a family-friendly picnic to bring more public awareness and help reduce stigma surrounding the disease in our local community. From 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 the community is invited to celebrate National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month on the lawn of the Arizona State Capitol located at 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix.

During the free event attendees can enjoy live music, lawn games, mustache pretzels, live art creations, and more. The event will culminate in lighting the Capitol purple at sunset, the color designated to honor the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease.

“This is truly a special event for caregivers, families, social workers and those that are impacted by all kinds of dementias,” said Lori Nisson, MSW, LCSW, family and community services director at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Banner Sun Health Research Institute. “We wanted to host an event where families can forget about disease for an evening and enjoy each other.”

This event is made possible by the contributions of various community partners: Home Instead Senior Care, Belmont Village Senior Living, Beatitudes Campus, Hospice of the Valley, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Valley of the Sun Homecare, AARP Arizona, Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter and FSL. For more information and to register for the event, visit

Through its research and care, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is dedicated to the goal of ending Alzheimer’s disease without losing another generation. Founded in 2006 by Banner Health, one of the country’s largest nonprofit health care systems, BAI has a three-fold focus: to conduct revolutionary studies in the detection, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s; to set a national standard of patient and family care; and to forge scientific collaborations that bring together institutions and disciplines internationally. For more information, visit