To the editor:
As a dedicated advocate working to end Alzheimer’s disease, I am writing to express my gratitude for Congressman Dan Lipinski. He has not only been a long-time supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association and its vital requests for increased research appropriations, but he is also one of the first Illinois delegation cosponsors of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA, HR1676). When enacted, this bill will ensure an adequate, well-trained palliative care workforce through training, education, awareness and enhanced research.
Palliative and hospice care are specific medical approaches that focus on increasing support for patients and their caregiver. Additionally, methods are utilized for comfort and pain management. People with Alzheimer’s and other dementias rely heavily on this care, and it is both a more humane and oftentimes cost effective method for delivering care.
I have watched my friends suffer as they watch their own parents deal with this devastating disease, and I am as dedicated as ever to continuing to fight for those who don’t have a voice. I advocate for a world without Alzheimer’s, so future generations won’t be burdened by this undignified, heartbreaking and horrendous disease.
Congressman Lipinski’s support of PCHETA and our greater mission to end Alzheimer’s must be acknowledged. I am so grateful to know that I, along with the almost 1 million patients and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s in Illinois, have a partner and ally in Rep. Lipinski.
If advocates, professionals and legislators work together, we have the opportunity to eradicate the most expensive disease in America. Thank you, congressman – I look forward to our continued work together.
La Grange Highlands