June 2019: Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

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


WHEREAS, there are no known treatments to prevent, cure, or even delay the onset or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease; and


WHEREAS, an estimated 5.5 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, in Michigan there are an estimated 180,000 people living with Alzheimer’s today; and,


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


WHEREAS, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Facts and Figures report, 517,000 family members and friends cared for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, providing 589 million hours of unpaid care, with the annual value of this caregiving totaling $7,444,000,000; and,


WHEREAS, researchers are working hard to seek a cause or cure in recognition of the individuals, families, friends, and caregivers who experience and help with Alzheimer’s disease; and,


WHEREAS, the State of Michigan recognizes the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds and promote awareness to fight Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, thereby improving the quality of human life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease as well as their caregivers; and,


WHEREAS, the month of June 2019 has been declared Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month to help spread global awareness of the Alzheimer's Association's vision of imagining a world without Alzheimer's disease;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2019 as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and urge all residents to wear purple to help spread global awareness of the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision of imagining a world without Alzheimer’s disease.