Thank you for being part of the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. 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 40’s or 50’s. 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.
Please act now to support all those facing Alzheimer’s. You can quickly send a message to Congress today using our online prewritten letter.
Senior Director of Advocacy
Last Updated on April 29, 2020