Nov 5, 2010

Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month -- Proclamation by Governor Beverly Eaves Perdue

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain causing deterioration in memory and thinking, as well as judgment and reasoning ability; it also affects behavior, emotions and the ability to perform self care; and

WHEREAS, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death for older adults; and

WHEREAS, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Alzheimer’s is the 5th leading cause of death of citizens 65 and older; and

WHEREAS, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s; and

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia; and

WHEREAS, according to the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, 1,232 Americans are diagnosed daily and 8,634 Americans are diagnosed weekly with Alzheimer’s disease, and by 2050 over 13 million American could have the disease; and

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease costs the United States $100 billion per year in diagnosis, extended care, family caregiver illness and lost wages according to the National Institute on Aging; and

WHEREAS, neither Medicare nor most private health insurance covers the long term services and support most people with dementia need; and

WHEREAS, November 4, 2010, marks the statewide Fifth Annual Candlelight Reflection honoring lives affected by Alzheimer’s; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina recognizes individuals, families, friends and caregivers dealing with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers who are seeking a cause or causes and cure, and the educational programs and support services provided by North Carolina Alzheimer’s organizations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BEVERLY EAVES PERDUE, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim November 2010, as “ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH” in North Carolina and commend its observance to all citizens.

Original copy of the Proclamation