Currently, only Americans over the age of 60 are eligible for programs through the Older Americans Act. Individuals living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease face unique challenges when it comes to family, work and finances. Use your voice today to help advocate for younger individuals living with a memory impairment by sending a pre-written letter to Congress.
Alzheimer’s is a tragic disease regardless of who receives the diagnosis. The challenges of navigating Alzheimer’s vary from person to person. Younger adults who receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis are presented with some life changes and dilemmas not all dementia patients are: how to still parent as a Person with Dementia (PWD), retiring from a lifelong career, being a spouse, etc. In addition to managing these factors daily, PWD diagnosed at an early age are also tasked with how to acquire resources to help manage their disease-resources that are currently only available to individuals over 60.
The Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA) provides services such as Meals on Wheels, other nutrition programs, transportation, legal services elder abuse prevention and caregivers support services to PWD and their families. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients under the age of 60 do not have access to these items and services.
The Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act of 2019 is working to change this: You can help us advocate for a wider range of care for improved access to Alzheimer’s support by following the link below and signing a pre-written letter to Congress. Thank you for your support in improving care for PWD and their families.