ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT


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.

Our Call to Congress

Unfortunately, people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia are at heightened risk for experiencing elder abuse — the intentional or negligent act by any person that causes serious harm to an older adult. In fact, as many as 62% of older adults with dementia experience psychological abuse, and as many as one-fourth have been physically abused. Yet, often the professionals — including police, firefighters, emergency personnel and more — who deal with elder abuse have little knowledge about working with people who have dementia.

To combat this shortfall, AIM has worked with bipartisan Congressional leaders on the Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act, which would require the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop training materials to assist professionals supporting victims of abuse living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Ask Congress to Support the Promoting Alzheimer's Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act


In March 2020, Congress passed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 — which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) — and included our Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act, which ensures Americans living with dementia will have access to vital and affordable services regardless of age.


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LEGISLATION WE SUPPORT

Promoting Alzheimer's Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act

Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act

Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act

Paid Family Leave Pilot Extension Act

Preventive Health Savings Act of 2019

Supporting America's Caregivers and Families Act

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Act

Geriatrics Workforce Improvement Act

Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act