As many as half of individuals who meet the specific diagnostic criteria for dementia have never received a diagnosis. An early and documented diagnosis when coupled with access to care planning services leads to better outcomes for individuals with Alzheimer’s as well as their caregivers. Furthermore, documentation in the individual’s medical record is critical for care coordination and is necessary for health care providers to address complications in the management of other chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
The HOPE for Alzheimer's Act was reintroduced in the 113th Congress by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representatives Edward Markey (D-MA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ).
HOPE for Alzheimer's Act Resources: If you had the opportunity to speak to a member of Congress about this legislation, please report it at www.alzadvocacy.com