November 2013: Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

WHEREAS, the nation and the state of Michigan observe National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month during the month of November; and,

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder, tragically robs individuals of their memories and leads to progressive mental and physical impairments; and,

WHEREAS, an estimated 5 million people aged 65 and over have Alzheimer’s disease and another 200,000 people under age 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease; and,

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause among the elderly; and,

WHEREAS, the human cost of Alzheimer’s disease is staggering. In 2013 more than 15 million caregivers provided over 17 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias; and,

WHEREAS, the direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer’s to American society will total an estimated $203 billion in 2013; and,

WHEREAS, in recognition of the individuals, families, friends and caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers who are seeking a cause or cure; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan recognizes the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, to promote awareness to fight Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, thereby improving the quality of human life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the month of November 2013, as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in Michigan.