New specialty license plates in Kentucky. | Courtesy Alzheimer’s Association

Kentucky is the first state to offer specialty license plates supporting the Alzheimer’s Association, according to a news release.

The plates aim to raise awareness of the disease, which is expected to become more prevalent as Kentucky’s population ages. Nearly 70,000 people in Kentucky right now have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is growing, according to the release.

“The Alzheimer’s specialty plate has been a dream of ours for years,” DeeAnna Esslinger, executive director of the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the association, said in the news release. “Not only will the plates be a very visible reminder of those suffering with Alzheimer’s, but their sale will also help raise funds for local education initiatives.”

The Alzheimer’s Kentucky specialty license plate features a “forget-me-not” flower on a purple background with the words: “Honor. Remember. Care. End Alzheimer’s.”

“This awareness will shine an even brighter light on the impact of this disease for affected individuals and families, as well as the vital need to find effective prevention, treatment and cure,” said Bari Lewis, director of Community Outreach for the association.

Drivers will now be able to select the plate whenever renewing tags at any county clerk office. These specialty plates are available for an additional fee, and those who select the plate will also have the option of including a $10 donation that will fund Alzheimer’s awareness and education activities in Kentucky.

Motorists who have preregistered for the specialty End Alzheimer’s plate can pick them up from the county clerk’s office beginning today, Nov. 20.

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