With Alzheimer’s, it is not just those living with the disease who suffer. It’s also their caregivers – a job that usually falls on family and friends. It is because of this, the Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 helpline 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 on caregivers.
AIM is proud to support the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Similar to the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) which has helped advance critical Alzheimer’s legislation, RAISE would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop, maintain, and periodically update a National Family Caregiving Strategy.
At least 60 percent of individuals with Alzheimer’s will wander at some point during their lifetime. For this reason, AIM supports Kevin and Avonte’s Law which reauthorizes a Department of Justice program to help local law enforcement officials quickly identify people with Alzheimer’s who wander and reunite them with their families.
As Congress continues its work, AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association will prioritize policies that work to improve support for the Alzheimer’s caregiver community, and we will need your support to encourage Congress to act.
Join Alzheimer’s advocates from across the country in Washington to learn about our new policy priorities and help urge Congress to act. Learn more at alz.org/forum.