KNOXVILLE (WATE) – One in three seniors will die with some kind of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Purple Cities Alliance raising awareness to the mental health problem on May 11.

The organization will hold a “Purple Cities Day” event in Market Square. The event is free and everyone is encouraged to wear purple.

It is Knoxville’s first year as a Purple City. However, Knoxville is not the only place in East Tennessee that will honor the day. Oak Ridge, Crossville and Blount County give awareness to dementia, as well.

“Purple Cities’ goal is to give a lot of people just a little knowledge about dementia and how to help,” said Kathy Broggy, life enrichment director for Courtyards Senior Living and Purple Cities Alliance advisory board member. “The first way community members can help is by joining us on May 11 to learn more about Purple Cities Alliance and how to make Knoxville a safe place to live for people with dementia and their families. We look forward to seeing everyone there!”

As a Purple City, Knoxville strives to take steps to help raise awareness and help those who have dementia. Knoxville’s Purple Cities Alliance was formed last year.