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Alzheimer's disease is a brain disorder that seriously impairs a person's ability to function normally. Age is the most important known risk factor, and scientists are studying the role that genetics, education, diet, and environment might play in the development of this debilitating disease. Through research supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs, we are learning more about the disease and enhancing the quality of life for those affected.
1388 Oct. 29 / Administration of George W. Bush, 2008 their family members are provided with love, with Alzheimer’s disease. We also honor the comfort, and security. My Administration has devoted family members and caretakers who worked to offer caregivers support and train- bring them love and comfort, and we under- ing. In 2006, I signed the Lifespan Respite score our dedication to finding a cure for this Care Act of 2006, which established a pro- tragic disease. gram to help family caregivers get access to Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that affordable and high-quality respite care. In seriously impairs a person’s ability to function addition, the National Family Caregiver Sup- normally. Age is the most important known port Program encourages cooperation among risk factor, and scientists are studying the government agencies and other organizations role that genetics, education, diet, and envi- that support and work with family caregivers. ronment might play in the development of National Family Caregivers Month is an this debilitating disease. Through research opportunity to recognize those who serve a supported by the National Institutes of cause greater than self and contribute to the Health and the Department of Veterans Af- well-being of their loved ones. Family care- fairs, we are learning more about the disease givers are soldiers in America’s armies of and enhancing the quality of life for those compassion and set an inspiring example for affected. In addition, the Department of their fellow citizens. Health and Human Services is improving the Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, delivery of home and community-based serv- President of the United States of America, ices to people with Alzheimer’s. by virtue of the authority vested in me by National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness the Constitution and laws of the United Month is an opportunity to pay tribute to the States, do hereby proclaim November 2008 courageous individuals facing this disease as National Family Caregivers Month. I en- and remember the precious lives lost due to courage all Americans to honor the selfless Alzheimer’s. All Americans appreciate the service of caregivers who support their loved s
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