More than 11 million Americans provided 16 billion hours of unpaid care valued at nearly $272 billion in 2021. As one of those caregivers for my late wife for 18 ½ years, I understand firsthand the impact this disease has on families. With each day comes the uncertainty of whether there will be signs of more loss and when the next big decline will occur.
Much progress has been made over the past decade thanks in large part to the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) and the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act (AAA). With both set to expire in 2025, updated legislation is critically needed. While my wife’s battle is over, I worry about the potential effect of Alzheimer’s on my children and grandchildren.
Thankfully, Congressman Scott Fitzgerald can play an important role in addressing this critical issue.
During this National Family Caregivers Month, please join me and the Alzheimer’s Association in encouraging Congressman Fitzgerald to address the critical national public health challenge that Alzheimer’s poses by supporting the NAPA Reauthorization Act and the Alzheimer’s Accountability and Investment Act.
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