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Being Aware of Dementia

YAKIMA, Wash. - An illness that affects more than five million people around the nation was the focus of a candlight ceremony on Thursday night at Highgate Senior Living.

There are many people in the valley who suffer from Dementia and other related illnesses. Highgate brought awareness to the people who attended the ceremony.

Even friends and family members joined their loved ones who have Dementia or Alzheimer's.

The whole purpose of the event was to remember and honor those affected by the illnesses related to memory loss.

Yakima resident Diane Gaberman was there in support of her mom, who was diagnosed with Dementia.

She feels that being aware of the illness is a big step in the right direction

"I just watch for myself sometimes, since my mom has it," she said. "Will I become like that too? But you just live one day at a time and enjoy it and if it happens, it happens."

The group gathered inside for prayer and shared their stories with each other after marching outside for the candlelight ceremony

Highgate is hosting a national memory screening day event on Tuesday and it's free and open to the public.