Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month takes place each June, raising awareness about a disease that 170,000 people aged 65 or older have been diagnosed with in the state of Michigan alone. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that causes those afflicted to have difficulty with memory, behavior and thinking. There is no cure and the aliment is ultimately fatal.
Earlier this session, state Rep. Matt Lori sponsored House Bills 4081 and 4082 to add the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association Fund to the list of organizations to which Michigan residents can contribute part of their tax returns. Money donated to the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association goes toward supporting research to better understand the disease and looking for possible treatments to slow the progression of the disease.
To further advocate for Michigan’s aging adult population, the state of Michigan webpages and social media accounts are ‘going purple’ for the month. And Gov. Rick Snyder gave a special message yesterday on aging, talking about the needs of Michigan’s fastest growing population. In the message, Gov. Snyder touches on a variety of ways Michigan can work to better serve the aging population in our state, including adopting a pilot program to help families and caregivers of individuals with dementia achieve a greater understanding of the programs and services that are available.
Click here for more information on Michigan’s Alzheimer’s statistics and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and Brain conditions.