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Care planning essential for Alzheimer’s patients

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect more than 5 million Americans; 29,000 of them here in Hawaii, with 65,000 unpaid family caregivers. Care planning is essential to learning about treatments, clinical trials and support services available in our communities.

I watched my father descend into dementia, cared for at home by his wife. After years of struggle including violent outbursts, she finally placed him in a locked dementia care facility, where he passed away in 2016.

In January 2017, Medicare began covering critical care planning services, however less than 1 percent of Alzheimer’s patients have received this benefit. The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would help educate clinicians on Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services through Medicare.

Please join me in thanking Sen. Mazie Hirono for co-sponsoring the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act!

To learn more about this disease and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s, visit alzimpact.org.

Nancy Rose

Pukalani