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House Passes Legislation Allowing Access to Aid For Younger Victims of Alzheimer’s Disease, Reports AMAC

Alzheimer's disease victimsWASHINGTON, DC – Young seniors in the early stages of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, are a step closer to much needed support programs available under the Older Americans Act [OAA] with the passage in the House of Representatives earlier this week of the OAA Reauthorization, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

The Reauthorization legislation would expand access to some OAA services to individuals under 60 years of age who suffer from early onset of the illness.  It now goes to the Senate for a vote where it has broad-based bipartisan backing.

“The onslaught of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, in particular, has had a devastating impact on our nation in recent years.  It is now the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.  The number of people afflicted by Alzheimer’s is fast approaching six million, including hundreds of thousands of individuals under the age of 65,” according to AMAC’s president Dan Weber.

Weber points out that in addition to “the tragic consequences” the disease has on its victims and their caregivers; it also has a major negative effect on the U.S. economy.  In fact, he says, it is the most expensive illness plaguing America today, more costly than cancer and heart disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association says Alzheimer’s and other dementias come with a 2019  price tag of $290 billion, including $195 billion in Medicare and Medicaid payments.  The Association estimates that by 2050 the disease will cost those two agencies $770 billion.

Says Weber, “the House has done its job with its passage of its more inclusive Older American Act Reauthorization.  Now it is up to the Senate to ignore party politics and pass the reauthorization legislation so that it can be sent to President Trump in a timely fashion.”

Senator Susan Collins, R-ME, is the founder of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease.  As she put it in an Alzheimer’s Association report, all Americans with the disease need to have access to the care, support and resources they need.  “Whether someone is older than 60 or younger than 60 when he or she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the progression of this terrible disease is the same.  Since Alzheimer’s is not restricted by age, neither should the programs designed to assist these Americans and their families.”

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Marcia Greenshields
2 years ago

Chemtrails cause autism and alzheimers. Use the money to stop them and for super-nutrition, which can cure most everything.

Linda Sue
2 years ago

I forgot to say, what are they spending all that money on? I know there are a few drugs that are somewhat helpful for Alzheimer’s, but I don’t know what else people are paying for. If we are the guinea pigs for research, shouldn’t they pay us for that, not charge us exhorbitant amounts for something that may not do much to help, and even may make it worse? Also, I am pretty skeptical about this House passing anything that’s good for US, and instead is GOOD FOR THEM! What is their angle for pushing this, Mr. Webber, and for your support? If they cared about we the people, they would pass the USMCA and stop torturing the man we elected, who is doing one he’ll of a fine job, in SPITE of them, not thanks to any help or support from them. Just color me suspicious of anything coming out of the House!

Susan
2 years ago
Reply to  Linda Sue

I understand your concern with our government be irresponsible with most anything they get their hands on. In defense of a change to this Act, I am my husbands 24 hour care giver along with 1000’s of other spouses and DP’s for a disease that will come under this. I won’t belabor you with all that is involved. I will say however there is little to zero assistance or services for the many terminal brain diseases that come under dementia and I am not referring to financial assistance. I have no where to reach out for help in the caring for my husband except for support groups and training which is not even applicable. Unless you have walked a day by day road of caring for someone in later stages please don’t try and guess what you are hindering please read investigate. Thank you. theaftd.org

Kathy Thompson
2 years ago
Reply to  Linda Sue

They’re paying for the cost of keeping people with advanced Alzheimer’s in a safe environment. They could be paying for someone to stay with them in their homes for as long as possible before having to go to a facility. When the disease becomes more advanced, people become total care patients. That means they can do nothing for themselves. Many times they become violent and have to be put in a facility where they and others can be safe. My mother had this disease and it was pretty awful. Also, I’m a nurse and have taken care of many, many dementia patients in my 45 year career. It’s not just medication that brings the cost up.

Linda Sue
2 years ago

Yes, we need to hear more about the causes of these destructive illnesses and what is being done to reduce the number of victims! I would also like to know how much research is being done on Tinnitus, a condition that also isolates and destroys relationships. If we want to increase life span, for goodness sake, let’s make it more palatable!! Who wants to live to be 150 if you can’t hear or understand what’s being said and you don’t know who you or they are? Not me!! I’m not as sociable as I used to be, and making friends is harder than ever after you have acquired the smarts to choose people wisely!!

Susan
2 years ago
Reply to  Linda Sue

It takes money for research and as is apparent there is no money or not enough to advance the research

Clown Sissy
2 years ago

Why don’t we ever hear about the connection between GMO’s and Alzheimer’s, etc. either.

Gina Phillips
2 years ago

Why don’t we ever hear about the connection between Lyme disease and other tick born illnesses and Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s etc. such a large portion of our population is infected and untreated. ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are “symptoms” of these horrible diseases. Very little discussion of the effects of all these tick borne diseases.

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