Wilbur Cross Goes Teal for Alzheimer’s Awareness

An exterior view of Wilbur Cross lit up teal to promote awareness of Alzheimer's disease. (Garrett Spahn/UConn Photo)
On Nov. 8, Wilbur Cross was illuminated in teal lighting in support of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's 'Light the World' initiative to promote awareness of Alzheimer's disease. (Garrett Spahn/UConn Photo)

The University of Connecticut illuminated its signature building, Wilbur Cross, in teal last night as part of a global effort to call attention to Alzheimer’s disease.

Wilbur Cross lit in teal to raise awareness for Alzheimer's Disease. (Garrett Spahn/UConn Photo)
UConn joins a worldwide effort to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. (Garrett Spahn/UConn Photo)

The lighting was in support of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s “Light the World” initiative. Nearly 200 landmark structures participated in last year’s initiative.

“Through the participation of organizations such as yours, we were able to literally shine a spotlight on Alzheimer’s disease and the impact it has on families around the globe,” said Charles Fuschillo, Jr., president and chief executive officer.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s.