President Barak Obama has proclaimed that November is the National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
“From researchers and advocates who are bringing us closer to preventing this disease to family members who devotedly look after their loved ones, people across our country are doing their part to support those touched by Alzheimer's. This month, let us honor those we have lost too soon and renewed our efforts to ensure more Americans can live their lives with health and happiness”, says the proclamation, published yesterday on the White House website.
Ronald Reagan was the first president to designate November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. More than 15 million people are currently offering unpaid caregiving for a loved one who has the disease.