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Ask your government officials for help in funding Alzheimers support, research

More resources needed for dementia

For individuals living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, care planning is essential to learning about treatments, clinical trials and support services available in their community.

Accessing these services results in a higher quality of life. As a nurse who formerly cared for individuals living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, I understand the enormous burden dementia has on Oregon families and the economy.

Thankfully, as of January 2017, Medicare covers critical care planning services. However, not enough patients and providers are aware of this resource.

That's why I'm asking Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Kurt Schrader to co-sponsor the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer's Act (S. 880/HR 1873). The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer's Act would help educate clinicians on Alzheimer's and dementia care planning services through Medicare.

Endorsed by the Alzheimer's Association and its advocacy arm, the Alzheimer's Impact Movement, the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer's Act will give them the knowledge and tools to better help their patients and families living with dementia.

Please join me in asking Sen. Wyden and Rep. Schrader to support the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer's Act.

To learn more about how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer's, visit alzimpact.org.

Kathy Baxter

Wilsonville

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