More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and another 16 million friends and family are providing care. A complex disease, living with and caring for someone with Alzheimer's has unique challenges. It is because of this, the Alzheimer's Association has a 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) to provide reliable information and support to all those who need assistance navigating the challenges of Alzheimer's. And, it is why AIM and the Association supports legislation that can have a meaningful impact to provide support services for all affected by Alzheimer's.
An estimated 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Due to their age young age, these individuals are not eligible for programs under the Older Americans Act (OAA).
The Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act of 2019 would allow individuals living with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease under the age of 60 to access these supports and services. The services are particularly helpful for individuals with younger-onset and provide vital assistance, support, and respite to family caregivers through the National Family Caregiver Program.
Breaking: In October 2019, the U.S. House included the key elements of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act in its reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA). And, in December 2019, the Senate introduced its version of the OAA reauthorization including key elements of the Younger-Onset Azheimer’s Disease Act. This is an important next step but we still need your help to get this important bill signed into law.