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Resolution RS2020-312

A Resolution recognizing the Purple Cities Project and Alliance initiative and their movement to foster dementia awareness.

WHEREAS, the Purple City Project is a city-wide initiative to promote dementia awareness and create a more compassionate community in cities; and

WHEREAS, dementia is a collective term used to describe the symptoms that individuals with different brain disorders and brain damage experience with their memory, language, and thinking; and

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s Disease is the most recognized and common disorder under the dementia umbrella; and

WHEREAS, potential signs of dementia include memory loss, confusion and disorientation to time and place, poor reasoning and impaired judgement, inappropriate behavior, and loss of communication skills; and

WHEREAS, the Purple City Project idea originated with the Purple Cities Alliance in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Purple Angel Dementia Campaign in Devon, UK with a mission to create “Dementia Friendly Cities”, also known as “Purple Cities”; and

WHEREAS, the Purple Cities Alliance made Knoxville one of the first dementia friendly cities in the U.S. and serves as a model for other communities across the country; and

WHEREAS, Purple Cities have community members and organizations that take specific steps to learn about dementia and help those suffering with dementia feel safer and better cared for in their community; and

WHEREAS, Knoxville’s City Council passed a resolution in May 2015 recognizing the Purple Cities Alliance and their initiative to create a dementia friendly city, and now proclaims May 11 of each year as “Purple Cities Day”; and

WHEREAS, May 11, 2020 marks the sixth anniversary of the Purple Cities Alliance and “Purple Cities Day” designation; and

WHEREAS, in addition to Knoxville, Tennessee, the following cities have also taken the initiative to become dementia friendly “Purple Cities”: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Riverside, California; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognizes and supports the efforts of the Purple Cities Alliance and encourages community members and the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County to take steps towards becoming a “Purple City”.


Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing May 11, 2020 as “Purple Cities Day” and encourages all citizens in Nashville and Davidson County to wear purple in recognition of dementia awareness.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Sharon Hurt, Russ Bradford

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedMay 5, 2020

AdoptedMay 5, 2020

ApprovedMay 6, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 05/25/2020 4:08 PM