Alzheimer's Awareness Month


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; 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 23 percent from 130,000 in 2010 to about 160,000 in 2025; and

WHEREAS, during the month of October, Virginians across the Commonwealth took part in the national Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s to raise awareness and support research and care; and

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death among the top ten causes in the United States that 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 have access to quality, affordable care, and that further research of this disease continues;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2014 as ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.