Millions with Alzheimer's have added strain of pandemicApril 21, 2020
To the editor:
Millions of people with Alzheimer's disease across the nation, including 110,000 in Indiana, are facing this challenge with the added strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these difficult times, I am asking Congressman Bucshon to take action through the next legislative stimulus package to include important measures to support this vulnerable population.
First, the Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act would assist Department of Justice professionals who support victims of abuse living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia in order to improve the quality of their interactions with this vulnerable population, and help protect them from elder abuse.
Second, the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would increase the use of the care planning benefit available through Medicare in order to help more families.
Finally, nonprofits like the Alzheimer’s Association continue to provide tremendous support to the communities they serve, despite facing economic hardships. Congress should establish an exclusive fund to support nonprofits with between 500 to 10,000 employees, including loan forgiveness, to ensure these organizations can continue to effectively serve the communities that depend on them.
Congressman Bucshon, please support these three bipartisan measures in the next COVID-19 legislation.
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