There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, including 14,000 here in North Dakota.

For individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, care planning is essential to learning about medical and non-medical treatments, clinical trials and support services available in their community. Accessing these services results in a higher quality of life, decreases crisis driven care and caregiver stress and increase choices for those living with Alzheimer’s.

Thankfully as of January 2017, Medicare covers critical care planning services. However, not enough patients and providers are aware of this resource. The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would help educate clinicians on Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services through Medicare.

That’s why I’m asking Senator Hoeven and Congressman Armstrong to cosponsor the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 880/H.R. 1873). I want to thank Senator Cramer, who is a cosponsor for the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, and continues to be an advocate for those living with Alzheimer’s in North Dakota.

Please join me in asking Senator Hoeven and Congressman Armstrong to support the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act. To learn more about this disease and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s, visit alzimpact.org.

Kendra Binger, Alzheimer’s Association,

Fargo, ND

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