Remember in November
Please help us commemorate National Family Caregivers month as well as National Alzheimer's Awareness month, first declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
Since 1983 when Alzheimer's Tennessee was also founded, the organization and its supporters have been committed to advancing research and brain health plus supporting individuals and families.
Thank you to Tennessee's Lt. Governor Randy McNally for proclaiming November 2020 as “ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH”.
The official state proclamation recognizes individuals, families, friends and caregivers dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers seeking treatments and a cure, and the education and support services provided by Alzheimer’s Tennessee.
"WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain causing memory loss and cognitive decline that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities; and
WHEREAS, more than 120,000 Tennesseans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to Alzheimer’s Tennessee; and
WHEREAS, during the pandemic families living with Alzheimer’s have experienced increased burden due to isolation and fear and
WHEREAS, caregivers indicate that their loved with diagnosis are deteriorating more quickly as a result of shutdowns and separation and
WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s Tennessee has responded to the crisis by creating virtual and on-line programs as well as continuing to offer in-person services and a 24/7 Helpline at 1 800 Alz-GATE (1 800.259.4283) and
WHEREAS, the on-line programs have had over 40,000 views from individuals seeking support and education and
WHEREAS, according to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's disease is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third as a cause of death for older people; and
WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s; and
WHEREAS, according to US Against Alzheimer’s, someone in the United States develops the disease every 65 seconds; and
WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America costing nearly $260 Billion annually, with 68% of that paid by state and federal programs such as TennCare, according to US Against Alzheimer’s; and
WHEREAS, those costs could reach half a trillion dollars by 2040; and
WHEREAS, November of 2020 marks the 37th Anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s Proclamation of Alzheimer’s Disease Month in the United States
The State of Tennessee recognizes individuals, families, friends and caregivers dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers seeking treatments and a cure, and the education and support services provided by Alzheimer’s Tennessee.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Lt. Governor Randy McNally, proclaim November 2020, as “ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH” and commend its observance to all citizens.