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Congresswoman Waters Introduces Alzheimer's Treatment and Caregiver Support Act with Support of Alzheimer's Association

July 21, 2009
Press Release

Last night, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1032, the Alzheimer's Treatment and Caregiver Support Act, a bill to improve treatment services for Alzheimer's patients and to expand training and support services for their families and caregivers.  The bill is supported by the Alzheimer's Association, which is dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments, and an eventual cure for Alzheimer's disease.

"Alzheimer's disease places tremendous burdens on families," said Congresswoman Waters.  "My legislation will expand access to training and support services for families and caregivers.  As a result , it will improve the ability of caregivers to provide effective, compassionate care and allow more people with Alzheimer's disease to remain in their homes with people who love them."

More than 70% of Alzheimer's patients live at home under the care of family and friends.  Caregivers face a variety of challenges, from assisting patients with bathing and dressing to managing their finances and making legal decisions.  Nursing home care for Alzheimer's patients costs an average of $42,000 per year and places additional challenges on family members who want to remain involved in the lives of their loved one. 

"The Alzheimer's Treatment and Caregiver Support Act offered by Representative Maxine Waters is a tremendous step in creating awareness about Alzheimer's disease, which is currently affecting 4.5 million Americans over the age of 65. With that number expected to soar to as many as 16 million by 2050, this legislation addresses the need for education, training, support, and tangible services to assist those with the disease and their families," says Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association. "The Alzheimer's Association applauds Representative Maxine Waters for continuing to make Alzheimer's a priority and championing the expansion of community based services, especially in underserved communities, to assist those in need."

"I am proud to have the support of the Alzheimer's Association for my legislation, and I hope my colleagues will work with me to pass it and expand the availability of treatment and support services for Alzheimer's patients and their families," said the Congresswoman. 

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