Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982

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Author: Ronald W. Reagan  | Date: November 2, 1982

Proclamation 4996—National Alzheimer’s Disease Week
November 2, 1982

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Alzheimer’s disease, a major brain disorder, results in the progressive loss of mental faculties, often beginning with impairment of memory, learning, attention, and judgment. While some types of dementia are curable, Alzheimer’s disease is not. In time, it erodes thought, feeling, and behavior and leads to death. Family members and friends of the afflicted fully comprehend the special suffering imposed by this depersonalizing illness.

Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders represent a health problem of enormous dimensions. Thanks to progress in neurobiological research, we know that Alzheimer’s disease is not, as once thought, a normal consequence of aging. Rather, it is a pathological deviation from the norm—and as such must be susceptible to prevention or treatment once its underlying cause or causes are known. Alzheimer’s disease is being fought through several approaches; promising early studies are spurring further vigorous research.
The fight against Alzheimer’s disease needs many allies. I salute the many Americans who are working for increased public awareness of this baffling disorder and the scientists whose research holds the promise of hope.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in accordance with House Joint Resolution 496, do hereby proclaim the week beginning November 21 through November 27, 1982, as "National Alzheimer’s Disease Week," and I call upon government agencies and the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 2nd day of Nov., in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eightytwo, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventh.
RONALD REAGAN

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:30 a.m., November 4, 1982]

NOTE: The text of the proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on November 3.

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Chicago: Ronald W. Reagan, "Proclamation 4996— National Alzheimer’s Disease Week," Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655 Original Sources, accessed October 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L7P4B5HS7CP4SI7.

MLA: Reagan, Ronald W. "Proclamation 4996— National Alzheimer’s Disease Week." Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655, Original Sources. 3 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L7P4B5HS7CP4SI7.

Harvard: Reagan, RW, 'Proclamation 4996— National Alzheimer’s Disease Week' in Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655. Original Sources, retrieved 3 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L7P4B5HS7CP4SI7.