The 114th Congress has introduced several initiatives to help persons living with dementia and their family caregivers. AFA urges its community to contact their representatives and ask them to support the following:
S. Res. 73 – Introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, this resolution calls for making the fight against Alzheimer’s disease a national priority and increasing the funding for Alzheimer’s disease research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by doubling appropriations in fiscal year (FY) 2016 to more than $1 billion. Please contact your Senators and encourage them to sign on as a cosponsor of S. Res. 73.
Letter to House Appropriators on NIH Funding – Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and John Garamendi (D-Calif.), members of the Congressional Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force, are circulating a letter in the House of Representatives calling for a $200 million increase in Alzheimer’s disease research appropriations at NIH.The deadline for signatures is Tuesday, March 17.
Letter to House Appropriators on funding for the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program – Reps. Waters, Smith and Garamendi are also circulating a letter to their House colleagues urging $2 million for the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program. This is a small, cost-effective program that provides grants to non-profit organizations to establish and operate initiatives to identify, locate and protect people with Alzheimer’s disease who wander away from home. Deadline for signatures is close of business on Tuesday, March 17.
Contact your member of Congress by calling the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-225-3121. Don’t know who to contact? Click here.