June 2016: Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

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, more than 5 million people aged 65 and over have Alzheimer’s disease and another estimated 200,000 people under the age of 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 2015 more than 15.9 million caregivers provided over 18.1 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 $236 billion in 2016; and,

WHEREAS, we recognize the individuals, families, friends and caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as 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 Health and Human Services and the Aging and Adult Services Agency, 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; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan residents are encouraged to tweet, post, and share their stories and images using the #puremipurple hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in Michigan.