The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement are proud to support the bipartisan Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act (S. 56/H.R.1474). This bill was introduced by Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) in the House, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in the Senate. This legislation would seek to provide much needed relief for our nation’s dementia caregivers.
The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act would provide grants to expand training and support services for unpaid caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. These grants would cover valuable training and services including caregiver support groups, group education and skills-training sessions. These programs focus on enhancing caregiver knowledge, coping with stress, care planning, problem solving, managing behavioral symptoms, encouraging persons living with dementia to participate in daily tasks and activities, and understanding the injury or illness of persons needing care.