A New HOPE
Dementia is the second largest contributor to death among older Americans, with one in every three seniors dying with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. And despite reliable diagnostic tests, evidence shows over half of those with Alzheimer’s do not know they have the disease.
Facing these harsh realities, it is crucial that those battling Alzheimer’s have access to diagnosis and care planning services which can lead to better outcomes for themselves, their families and their caregivers.
Today our efforts to improve diagnosis, care planning, and medical record documentation move forward with the reintroduction of the Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act. This legislation is one of the Alzheimer’s Association’s most important legislative priorities in the 113th Congress.
In the last session of Congress, the HOPE For Alzheimer’s Act garnered 173 co-sponsors and wide, bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. We need your help to build and maintain bipartisan support for passage of this critical legislation!!
Please ask your members of Congress to become a cosponsor of the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act in the 113th Congress.
Learn More About the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act
The HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act focuses on three key areas by:
- Creating a package of services aimed at a formal and documented diagnosis
- Ensuring that comprehensive care planning services are provided after a diagnosis to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers
- Requiring documentation of a diagnosis and any care planning services in the beneficiary’s medical record
The HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act is also consistent the recommendations of the first-ever National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which was released in 2012 by:
- Ensuring an accurate and timely diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
- Educating and supporting individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families upon diagnosis
- Enhancing assistance for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers to prepare for care needs
Please ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act and let them know how important diagnosis, care planning, and support services are for American families facing Alzheimer’s.