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Early Onset Alzheimer's Thank You Congresswomen!

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Dear Editor:

I am grateful that in all its understandable focus on the COVID-19 virus, Congress did not lose sight of the need to improve care and support for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

Approximately 5% of the more than five million Americans living today with Alzheimer’s have younger onset. Until now, these folks have been ineligible to receive vital Older Americans Act help like nutritional programs, in-home services, transportation, legal services, elder-abuse prevention and caregiver support.

This issue is important to me because my wife Taryn was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers 10 years ago and is fortunately still living with Alzheimer’s today. I know the heavy burden that families carry with this disease that affects so many loved ones.

I am grateful that Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Patty Murray & Maria Cantwell responded to Alzheimer’s Association advocates who urged cosponsorship of a bill to let area agencies on aging give support to those with younger onset Alzheimer’s and they worked successfully to pass it into law.

All our members of Congress should continue to actively support policies that address Alzheimer’s disease as the national public health crisis it is.

Jeff Jensen