Presidential Proclamation — National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, 2016




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A heartbreaking disease present in more than 5 million Americans, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and causes people to lose many of the critical abilities they need to live independently. Too often, those suffering from Alzheimer’s cannot recognize their loved ones or remember how to perform daily tasks, struggling physically and mentally with things that once came naturally. Although we have long known Alzheimer’s to be irreversible and fatal, we maintain hope that by advancing research and treatment options we can work to change these outcomes and ensure brighter prospects for all those who face this disease. During National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, we resolve to continue working toward this brighter future as we stand with every person battling, Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.

Alzheimer’s disease is more likely to affect Americans as they grow older — although genetics can also play a role, age is the most significant risk factor. But Alzheimer’s touches many more individuals than simply those who are diagnosed. Dedicated caregivers — whether professionals, family members, or friends — are also emotionally, physically, and financially affected by Alzheimer’s disease, giving of themselves to ensure those who face it are not alone. And because these individuals need access to information and resources in order to provide this essential care, we launched to give them a place to find help.

Through the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, my Administration has been working to meet a goal of being able to prevent and effectively treat this illness by 2025. Over the past year we have taken a number of actions to reach this vision, including developing a training curriculum that gives health care workers the necessary skills to care for dementia patients and better detect and diagnose dementia. We have also helped family caregivers look after their own health, in addition to addressing the needs of people with dementia, and launched a campaign to increase awareness of changes in the brain as people age so that older adults feel more comfortable having open conversations with family members and health care providers.

In addition to ensuring anyone with Alzheimer’s can access proper care, we must harness the innovative ideas of the scientific community and work to prevent this disease. To ramp up research and development aimed at uncovering the answers to diseases like Alzheimer’s, I have increased funding for research dedicated to understanding, preventing, and curing Alzheimer’s and related dementias. I also introduced the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative, which will enhance our understanding of brain function and give scientists the tools they need to better understand and discover new ways to treat, cure, and prevent brain disorders. And through a bold new research effort that seeks to deliver personalized care through patient-centered research and collaboration, my Precision Medicine Initiative is working to revolutionize our understanding of diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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 renew our efforts to ensure more Americans can live their lives with health and happiness.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2016 as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and support the individuals living with this disease and their caregivers.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.


Petition to President Obama For A Strong National Alzheimer’s Plan

To the President of the United States


Families Facing Alzheimer’s Disease Can’t Wait

We, the undersigned, call on the President to issue a strong National Alzheimer’s Plan to help the millions of Americans now affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and the many millions more at risk.

Alzheimer’s won’t wait.

Today, more than 5 million Americans are facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s. This number could rise to 16 million by 2050 if we do not act.

Right now, nearly 15 million Americans serve as caregivers, and this is projected to soar to 45 million in that same timeframe.

The cost of inaction is too high. Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $183 billion this year. This will rise to $1 trillion by 2050, bankrupting families and our health care system.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only one among the top 10 without a way to cure, prevent or even slow its progression.

We urge the President to take the next bold step forward in the fight against Alzheimer’s, fulfilling the promise of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act passed unanimously by Congress more than a year ago. Now is the time to create a world without Alzheimer’s.

Families won’t forget. Our goal: 250,000.    160,893 so far.


Obama to Boost Alzheimer’s Research Funding

Breaking news yesterday that delighted the Alzheimer’s community, is President Obama’s administration is pushing for a $156 million increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research over the next two years. The additional research funding will support both basic and clinical research.

Currently, the National Institute of Health spends $450 million annually on Alzheimer’s research, which afflicts as many as 5.1 million Americans. The total number of Americans with Alzheimer’s could more than double by 2050, according to the federal government.

Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the only one in the Top 10 that cannot be prevented.

Read the Press Release about President Obama’s administration’s efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease:

Administration announces new steps to fight Alzheimer’s disease

The Obama Administration today announced new efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease, including immediately making an additional $50 million available for cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research. In addition, the administration announced that its Fiscal Year 2013 budget will boost funding for Alzheimer’s research by $80 million.  Today’s announcement also includes an additional $26 million in caregiver support, provider education, public awareness and improvements in data infrastructure.

In January 2011, President Obama signed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which calls for an aggressive and coordinated national Alzheimer’s disease plan.  The Act also establishes an Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services, which brings together some of the Nation’s foremost experts on Alzheimer’s disease to inform the development of the national plan. The preliminary framework for the National Alzheimer’s Disease Plan identifies key goals including preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.  As work on the plan continues, the Obama Administration is taking action.

“Today’s announcement reflects this administration’s commitment to confronting Alzheimer’s, a disease that takes a devastating toll on millions of Americans,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  “We can’t wait to act; reducing the burden of Alzheimer’s disease on patients and their families is an urgent national priority.”

As many as 5.1 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, which is a progressive, irreversible brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills. With the aging of the U.S. population, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease could more than double by 2050.

“These projections are simply staggering,” said National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “This new funding will accelerate NIH’s effort to use the power of science to develop new ways of helping people with Alzheimer’s disease and those at risk.”

Together, the fiscal years 2012 and 2013 investments total $130 million in new Alzheimer’s research funding over two years – over 25 percent more than the current annual Alzheimer’s research investment.

The additional NIH research funding will support both basic and clinical research. Investments will include research to identify genes that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and testing therapies in individuals at the highest risk for the disease.  On the clinical side, the funds may be used to expand efforts to move new therapeutic approaches into clinical trials and to develop better databases to assess the nation’s burden of cognitive impairment and dementia.

The initiative announced today also includes $26 million to support additional goals in the preliminary National Alzheimer’s Disease Plan.  While the plan continues to be developed, experts have identified several goals that will be supported by today’s announcement, including support for caregivers in the community, improving health care provider training, and raising public awareness.

“These new funds will help increase our understanding about how to manage Alzheimer’s disease, especially those services that allow families to plan in the early stages and support family caregivers,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee.

For more information on the efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease visit: