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Congresswoman Waters Honors the AFA Quilt to Remember

July 21, 2009
Press Release

Today, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-35) congratulated the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) for unveiling the Quilt to Remember.  The AFA unveiled the Quilt this morning at an Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles.  The Congresswoman made the following statement:

I am proud to support the unveiling of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's Quilt to Remember!

The Quilt to Remember honors all who are affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.  The Quilt is large and growing, yet its pieces are small and personal.  The Quilt is a monument to those who have been lost to Alzheimer's disease, a tribute to those living with the disease, a tool of empowerment for caregivers, and a means of education for all.

Alzheimer's disease currently affects more than 4.5 million Americans over the age of 65, and this number could triple by the year 2050.  Ten percent of Americans over 65 and almost half of Americans over 85 suffer from Alzheimer's.  More than 70% of Alzheimer's patients live at home under the care of family and friends.  Caregivers and other family members face a myriad of challenges, from assisting patients with bathing and dressing to managing their finances and making legal decisions.  These challenges can often seem overwhelming, but most families face them with courage, compassion, commitment, and love.

That is why I introduced H.R. 1032, the Alzheimer's Treatment and Caregiver Support Act. This legislation provides grants to public and non-profit organizations to improve treatment services for Alzheimer's patients and expand training and support services for caregivers and families.  Grant recipients would be required to employ a comprehensive approach to Alzheimer's care that integrates patient treatment with training and support services for caregivers and families. Training and support services are essential to help caregivers provide effective and compassionate care to their loved ones with Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's Treatment and Caregiver Support Act is cosponsored by the Democratic and Republican Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Alzheimer's Task Force, as well as forty other Members of Congress.

I honor all of you who helped make and unveil the Quilt to Remember.  May your efforts be a comfort and an inspiration to all are affected by this tragic disease.