Summitt’s diagnosis raises Alzheimer’s awareness

Summitt's diagnosis raises Alzheimer's awareness (Image 1)
Summitt's diagnosis raises Alzheimer's awareness (Image 1)

By BETH RUCKER
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee coach Pat Summitt hopes her public battle with dementia raises awareness about the disease and inspires people to do more.

Kentucky associate head coach Kyra Elzy has gotten the message.

After making a New Year's resolution to do more volunteer work in 2011, when the 59-year-old Summitt made her announcement in August, Elzy saw a perfect opportunity to honor her former coach and her grandmother, who had Alzheimer's.

Elzy now volunteers at Best Friends Day Care in Lexington, Ky., an adult day care for people who require supervision.

Summitt's decision to go public with her illness could go a long way toward helping others recognize signs of the disease and understand how it can be managed after it is diagnosed.

Elzy and others are being inspired to take action.

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