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Support Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act

Although often rewarding, the intense responsibilities of providing care for someone living with dementia often take a toll on the caregiver.

Providing that care can be emotionally, physically and financially draining. Yet as a nation, we haven’t done enough to support the 11 million Americans providing this unpaid care.

My father lived with some form of dementia for 10-15 years before he passed away in 2016. His wife was his sole caregiver until she finally relinquished his care to a locked dementia facility after sustaining injuries caused by his violent outbursts.

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) are proud to support the bipartisan Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act (S. 56/H.R.1474). This legislation would provide much needed relief for Hawaii’s 51,000 unpaid caregivers to kupuna with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act would provide grants to expand training and support services for unpaid caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. These grants would cover valuable training and services including caregiver support groups, group education and skills-training sessions.

Please join me in asking Rep. Kai Kahele to become a co-sponsor of this legislation.

Nancy Rose

Pukalani

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