Bipartisan policies should be included in the next COVID-19 pandemic relief package.
Recently, I have accepted a volunteer position as an Alzheimer’s Ambassador working to encourage Congresswoman Veronica Escobar to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s public policy goals. I am looking forward to getting started with this new position. If you have any questions or want to get involved, please reach out or visit alzimpact.org. #ENDALZ
As a caregiver to aging parents, one of whom is living with Alzheimer’s, I understand firsthand the impact Alzheimer’s and all dementia has on families across America. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world but also presents additional challenges for more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, the research community and the nonprofits who serve these vulnerable populations, including those right here in El Paso.
Thankfully, Congress can act on the following related policies within the next COVID-19 pandemic relief package:
● The Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act would require the Department of Justice to develop training materials to assist professionals who support victims of abuse living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia to improve the quality of their interactions with this vulnerable population and help protect them from elder abuse.
● The bipartisan — Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would increase the use of the care planning benefit to help more families by educating clinicians on the Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services available through Medicare.
● During this crisis, nonprofits are providing tremendous support to the communities they serve, despite facing economic hardships. Congress must establish an exclusive fund to support nonprofits with between 500 to 10,000 employees, including loan forgiveness, to ensure charities like the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to effectively serve the communities that depend on them.
The important thing is that during this crisis, we do not lose sight of the needs of all our vulnerable citizens. Please join the Alzheimer’s Association and me in encouraging Congresswoman Veronica Escobar to include these bipartisan policies in the next COVID-19 pandemic relief package.
Together we can influence change that will go a long way to positively impact the families affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the El Paso community and across the country.