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High school students raising dementia awareness

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

A group of high school students is working to create a generation of dementia friendly teenagers.

Yohan Alexander, a senior at Mayo High School started a new group this summer called Purple Orchard.

He started the group after seeing his own grandmother suffer from Alzheimer's Disease. 

His goal is to teach his peers how to identify symptoms of dementia in other people, and then how to interact with them in a caring and compassionate way. 

"A lot of us work in service sectors where dementia afflicted people come and frequent often such as Hy-Vee," Alexander said. "And if we are trained we can even go around and spread training to people who aren't in high school and everyone is able to identify and know how to handle patients with dementia in such a way that doesn't degrade them, make them feel inhuman."

The group has raised about $1,800 for the Alzheimer's Association and participated in this weekend's Walk to End Alzheimer's.

The students are also planning an event for October 25th to teach the public more about dementia. 

Right now, the main group includes Lisa Alexander, Marcus Yao, Max Walter Smith, and Ali Ratzloff.

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