Although often rewarding, the intense responsibilities of providing care for someone living with dementia often take a toll on the caregiver. Providing that care can be an emotionally, physically and financially draining role. Yet as a nation, we haven’t done enough to support the 11 million Americans providing this unpaid care.
The Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) are proud to support the bipartisan Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act (S. 56/H.R.1474). Introduced by Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) in the House, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in the Senate, this legislation would provide much needed relief for our nation’s caregivers.
The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act would provide grants to expand training and support services for unpaid caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. These grants would cover valuable training and services including caregiver support groups, group education and skills-training sessions.
Letters-to-the-Editor (LTE) are a great way to grow support for our public policy priorities. Click below for talking points that can be used to help you write a LTE urging your member to cosponsor the Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Act.
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Everything you need to make the most of your year around advocacy efforts are available in this Advocate’s Guide. We’ll be updating this guide throughout the year as our policy priorities are introduced in Congress.