Thanks to Huffman for his support for care
A heartfelt thank you is deserved to Congressman Jared Huffman for attending the Coffee and Conversation with Congress event on March 7 at Novato’s LifeLong Medical Care Marin Adult Day Health Center, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.
This was an opportunity for Rep. Huffman to meet with his constituents and talk about the challenges caregivers, patients and health care professionals face in dealing with this deadly disease.
What was shared is staggering:
• Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, costing the nation $226 billion to care for.
• Of the top 10 diseases in America, it is the only one which cannot be prevented, slowed or cured.
• Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women and 34 percent are age 65 or older.
• One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
Since 2013, Congressman Huffman has supported bipartisan efforts to ensure legislation such as the HOPE Act, which advocates for comprehensive care planning for newly diagnosed patients, provides physician education on Alzheimer’s disease and ensures that an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis is documented in the individual’s medical record, allowing for greater coordination of care among providers.
In today’s volatile political climate, it’s nearly unheard of to find a voice of reason above all the posturing and shouting. Thank you, Congressman Huffman, for helping us fight for a world without Alzheimer’s disease.