WHEREAS, more than one million residents throughout the state of Michigan provide care to family members who are ill or have a disability; and,
WHEREAS, more and more, family members must carry the responsibility of providing care to another family member with a long-term chronic or disabling condition; and,
WHEREAS, these dedicated family members play a vital role in providing essential care and assistance to some of our state’s most vulnerable residents; and,
WHEREAS, since 1997, Family Caregiver Month has been recognized during the month of November to honor caregivers nationwide; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the MDHHS Aging & Adult Services Agency to support and thank these dedicated residents who give so much of themselves to ensure the health and well-being of a beloved family member;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2016 as Family Caregiver Month in Michigan.