June 2017: 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, 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. 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 the fifth leading cause among the elderly; and,

WHEREAS, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Facts and Figures report, the direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer’s to American society is valued at $259 billion and more than 15 million caregivers provided over 18 billion hours of unpaid care those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in 2016. In Michigan, nearly 500,000 family members and friends cared for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, providing  583 million hours of unpaid care, with the annual value of this caregiving totaling $7,361,000,000; 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 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 and their caregivers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in Michigan.