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File #: RS2021-984    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/21/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 6/1/2021 Final action: 6/1/2021
Title: A resolution recognizing June as "Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month".
Sponsors: Russ Bradford, Angie Henderson, Erin Evans, Bob Nash, Zulfat Suara, Kathleen Murphy, Freddie OConnell, Ginny Welsch, Jeff Syracuse, Larry Hagar, Joy Styles, Thom Druffel, Sharon Hurt, Antoinette Lee, Delishia Porterfield, Gloria Hausser, Emily Benedict, Kyonzte Toombs
A resolution recognizing June as "Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month".
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 the Alzheimer's Association; and

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic, families living with Alzheimer's have experienced increased burden due to isolation and fear; and

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic there were 1,173 more deaths than expected from dementia; and

WHEREAS, caregivers indicate that their loved ones with diagnoses are deteriorating more quickly because of shutdowns and separation; and

WHEREAS, according to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's is currently ranked as the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank 3rd 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, 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 the Alzheimer's Association, and those costs could reach half a trillion dollars by 2040; and

WHEREAS, for these reasons, the Metropolitan Council recognizes June as "Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month" to bring much needed attention to Alzheimer's and related dementias, and the impact these diseases have on the community.


Section 1. The Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record recognizing June as "Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month" and encourages all citizens to recognize individuals, famili...

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