Federal Government: Support Alzheimer's Patients Under 60

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Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association

Younger-onset Alzheimer's is a real problem that leaves families scrambling for solutions. Tell Congress it's time to act.


Today, we need your help to urge Congress to support the Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act.

Currently, only Americans over the age of 60 are eligible for Alzheimer's support programs under the Older Americans Act (OAA). But Alzheimer's is not just a disease affecting people older than 60. Many people living with younger-onset Alzheimer's are in their 40s or 50s. In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 200,000 people under the age of 65 are living with younger-onset Alzheimer's.

Individuals living with younger-onset Alzheimer's face unique challenges when it comes to family, work and finances. They may be parenting young children at home, or still be working as the primary income provider for their family. And due to their age, they may have more trouble receiving an accurate diagnosis.

The Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act (S.901/H.R.1903) would allow individuals living with younger-onset (also known as early-onset) Alzheimer's disease to access support and services from programs under the OAA. Those programs include nutritional services, supportive services and respite care through the National Family Caregiver Support program.

It's time to ask Congress to help people under 60 who are suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Sign today.

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The Petition:

Dear Congressperson:

As an Alzheimer's Association advocate, I am writing to request that you support Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act. The Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Act (S.901/H.R.1903), would allow individuals diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease under 60 years of age to be eligible to access supports and services under the Older Americans Act.

Currently, only Americans over the age of 60 are eligible for programs through the Older Americans Act. Individuals living with younger-onset face unique challenges when it comes to family, work and finances. They may be parenting young children at home, or still be working as the primary income provider for their family. Due to their young age, they may have more trouble receiving an accurate diagnosis, and even family and friends might question their diagnosis. The stigma associated with younger-onset Alzheimer's can have a significant impact on their well-being and quality of life.

Please cosponsor this critical legislation.

Thank you.

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