Amended in Assembly June 16, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 173

Introduced by Assembly Member Cooley

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April 19, 2016

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 173—Relative to Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and The Longest Day.


ACR 173, as amended, Cooley. Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and The Longest Day.

This measure would recognize the month of June 2016 as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, would recognize June 21, 2016, as The Longest Day in California, and would urge all residents to wear purple on this day to help spread global awareness of the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision of imagining a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Fiscal committee: no.

P2    1WHEREAS, The month of June 2016 has been declared
2Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month to help spread awareness
3of this debilitating disease and the need to increase efforts to
4combat its human and economic costs; and

5WHEREAS, The summer solstice, June 21, 2016, has been
6declared The Longest Day, with teams around the world coming
7together to honor the strength, passion, and endurance of people
8facing Alzheimer’s disease with a day of activity and advocacy;

10WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive
11neurodegenerative brain disorder, tragically robs individuals of
12their memories and leads to mental and physical impairments; and

13WHEREAS, California has more residents living with
14Alzheimer’s disease than any other state in the nation and the
15state’s population is projected to grow by 38 percent in the next
16decade reaching 840,000 individuals affected by 2025; and

17WHEREAS, California’s Medi-Cal program this year will spend
18over $3.3 billion on skilled nursing care and home and
19community-based supports for beneficiaries living with
20Alzheimer’s disease, quickly climbing to $5 billion in Medi-Cal
21spending within 10 years; and

22WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease is always fatal and today it is
23the fifth leading cause of death in California; and

24WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease is a family disease impacting
251.6 million California spouses, partners, children, siblings, and
26other relatives who provide unpaid assistance to a loved one; and

27WHEREAS, California caregivers devote 1.8 billion hours of
28unpaid assistance to family members valued at over $22 billion in
29nongovernment financial support; and

30WHEREAS, On average, a person with Alzheimer’s disease
31lives four to eight years after diagnosis, but can live as long as 20
32years, depending on other factors; and

33WHEREAS, Individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and
34their caregivers need acknowledgment, support, and services to
35meet their needs over the lengthy progression of Alzheimer’s
36disease and related dementias; now, therefor, be it

37Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
38thereof concurring,
That the Legislature recognizes the month of
39June 2016 as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, recognizes
40June 21, 2016, as The Longest Day in California, and urges all
P3    1residents to wear purple on this day to help spread global awareness
2of the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision of imagining a world
3without Alzheimer’s disease; and be it further

4Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
5of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.