Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Reader’s Viewpoint

There are 21,000 Montanans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and another 50,000 Montanans who are providing unpaid care to them. For people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, care planning is essential to learning about available treatments, clinical trials, and support services. Accessing these service results in a higher quality of life.

As someone seeing the effects that Alzheimer’s on people, I understand the enormous burden that it has on Montana families. The change in the personality that happens, the frustration that these people have. Thankfully, Medicare recently began covering critical Alzheimer’s care planning services but not enough patients and providers are aware of this resource.

That’s why I’m asking Congressman Gianforte to cosponsor the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (H.R. 1873), and thanking Senator Daines and Senator Tester for their support. This legislation would help educate clinicians on Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services through Medicare, and give them the knowledge and tools to better help their patients and families living with dementia. With our full delegation’s support, we can make sure that Montana families have the care that they need, until the day comes that we achieve a world without Alzheimer’s.

Diane Ascheman, Advocate from Billings

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