Support sought for plan to bolster dementia care

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It is estimated that nearly 13 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s by 2050, so it is critical we find better ways to care for them. By enhancing the coordination of dementia care, we can lessen the burden for individuals and their caregivers while reducing health care costs. The bipartisan Comprehensive Care for Alzheimer’s Act, recently introduced in Congress, addresses this need.

Providing care for an individual living with dementia involves many unique and often challenging elements. Helping to care for both my maternal and paternal grandmothers while they lived with the disease for many years, gave me firsthand experience of how complicated it is to navigate this health care maze. Often, those complications make it so that people with dementia do not receive critical aspects of dementia care.

Dementia care management allows people like me to more seamlessly navigate the health care and social support systems, and to obtain more timely access to care. Please join me in asking Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, to co-sponsor and support this vitally needed legislation!

— Nicolas Angelicola, Utica

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