Caregiving can be an emotionally, physically and financially draining role. Across Washington state there are more than 335,000 people providing unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In 2016, these caregivers provided an estimated 382 million hours of care valued at $4.8 billion.
My mother cared for my father for many years during his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, that ended his life in 2004.
I am proud to advocate for the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, now moving through the U.S. Senate as S. 1028. This bipartisan bill would provide much needed support to our nation’s caregivers.
Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, it would facilitate the creation of a national strategy to address the many issues facing caregivers, including education and training, long-term services and supports, and financial stability and security.
The RAISE Family Caregivers Act is consistent with the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which seeks to expand and enhance training, education and support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Please join me in thanking Senator Patty Murray for voting for the RAISE Act in committee and in urging Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Suzan DelBene to support this needed legislation in the coming months.
I would like to thank Kirsten Abel and the Woodinville Weekly for writing and publishing the article published in the July 31st edition on climate change and the Climate Reality Project Leadership Training that I, and 800 other trainees, participated in at Bellevue in June. I am sorry we gave you the wrong dates for the release of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, at the Woodinville AMC. Paramount Studios changed the date of release until the weekend of August 11th. I hope people don’t assume this Sequel is gloom and doom predictions. It is not. The film focuses on what is actually happening internationally today: the climate events, the innovations and progress towards a green, healthy Earth, and the interesting negotiations to achieve the Paris Climate Accord. The negotiations with India are especially enlightening with social justice issues surfacing. I urge people to see the film for its world perspective on a global problem and progress that is beyond national politics.
I also want to expound more about the Leadership training. The Climate Reality Project has offices world-wide and 10,000 Leaders. Even though this was the 35th such training I met trainees from through-out the world. We have all trained to give presentations to groups about climate change. The presentations can be tailored for the audience, whether kids, the medical or faith communities or interested citizens.
For more information about the Climate Reality Project or to inquire about a local presentation, readers can contact the Woodinville Weekly or go to the website https://www.climaterealityproject.org .