- Karen M. McPhail
Alzheimer’s Act (S.2076/H.R.4256)
This week Congress began taking steps to address Alzheimer’s as a public health issue. Senators Collins, Cortez Masto, Capito and Kaine, as well as Representatives Guthrie, Tonko, Smith and Waters introduced the bipartisan BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act to improve our nation’s Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure. Take a moment to thank your Senator or Representative for their leadership on this issue! The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S.2076/H.R.4256) would improve the nationwide response to this public health crisis by advancing effective public health interventions across the country and in your state. The legislation would also provide resources to state and local public health officials to increase early detection and diagnosis, reduce risk, prevent avoidable hospitalizations, reduce health disparities, support the needs of caregivers and support care planning for people living with the disease.
Additionally, collecting data on cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s caregivers can help identify the impact of dementia in your state, leading to more effective action. This legislation would increase the collection, analysis and timely reporting of data on cognitive decline and care giving issues.
These interventions are so desperately needed at this time!
Source: Alzheimer's Association / AIM, 2017