2017 Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month


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 disease 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 2017 to about 190,000 in 2025; and

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are a serious public health concern in Virginia, with 8.9 percent of Virginians aged 45 and older reporting increased confusion or memory loss, 48.6 percent of whom say that these memory problems interfered with their day-to-day activities; and

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

WHEREAS, to find out more about The Longest Day, citizens may visit thelongestday.alz.org to learn about how they can join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease; 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 2017, as ALZHEIMER'S AND BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.