Dear Editor:

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world but also presents additional challenges for more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, the research community, and the nonprofits serving these vulnerable populations.

As an advocate for people with dementia, I understand first-hand the impact Alzheimer’s and all dementia has on families across America.

Congress can act to help the Alzheimer’s and dementia community during this crisis, by including these bipartisan Alzheimer’s Association proposals in the next economic relief package:

• The Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act would require the Department of Justice to develop best practices materials to assist professionals who support victims of abuse living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, to improve the quality of interactions with this vulnerable population.

• The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would educate clinicians about the Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services available through Medicare.

• Create a fund to support larger nonprofits, including loan forgiveness, so that charities like the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to effectively serve the communities that depend on them.

Please join me in encouraging Senators Murray and Cantwell and Representative Suzan DelBene to include these proposals in the next pandemic relief package that will help the millions of families affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Pete Minden


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