Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families, communities, and economy; and

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain disorder that slowly deteriorates brain cells, affecting one’s reasoning skills and abilities to perform simple tasks, ultimately leading to memory loss; and

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s cases in Virginia are expected to increase 35.7 percent from 140,000 in 2010 to about 190,000 in 2025; and

WHEREAS, during the month of June, people across the Commonwealth take part in The Longest Day - - to raise awareness and support research and care for Alzheimer’s patients; and

WHEREAS, further research of Alzheimer’s Disease is critical as it is the only cause of death among the top ten causes in the United States that currently cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed; and

WHEREAS, caregivers and family members are crucial in maintaining a healthy quality of life for those battling Alzheimer’s; and  

WHEREAS, it is imperative that Alzheimer’s patients receive early diagnoses and have access to quality, affordable care, and that further research of this disease continues;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 2016 as ALZHEIMER'S AND BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.