Great news: The U.S. House of Representatives reauthorized the Older Americans Act (OAA), which included key provisions for both the Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act (H.R.1903), and the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (H.R. 647). Thank you Rep. Cheney. I am extremely hopeful that the Senate versions will be going to Sen. Enzi and Sen. Barrasso soon.
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It is time for Congress to support the estimated 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 currently living with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease, and to ensure our nation’s aging population has access to palliative and hospice care from an adequately trained workforce. Some people that you may recognize died with younger onset Alzheimer’s – women’s college basketball coach Pat Summitt, correspondent Jan Petersen, football player Ron Johnson, author Terry Pratchett and former Circuit City CEO Rick Sharp.
The #YoungAlzAct would allow individuals living with dementia under the age of 60 to access support and services from programs under the Older Americans Act. Those programs include nutritional services, supportive services and respite care.
PCHETA would increase the availability and quality of care by establishing palliative care and hospice workforce training programs, creating a national education and awareness campaign about the benefits of palliative care and available services and supports, and enhancing research on improving the delivery of palliative care.
Please reach out to Sen. Enzi, 307-772-2477, and Sen. Barrasso, 307-772-2451, and let them know that you support the Senate versions of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act (S.901) and PCHETA (S.2080)
ANNE AQUIN, Cheyenne