Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, March 24

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Alzheimer's bill needs support from DesJarlais

To the Editor:

Alzheimer's devastates millions of American families, overwhelms our health-care system and threatens Medicare. According to a recent survey by the Alzheimer's Association, 73 million American voters know someone with Alzheimer's.

* The cost for care for Alzheimer's patients is being shouldered by tax payers in every Congressional district -- including you and me. That can only change by investing in Alzheimer's research and helping affected families find vital resources as early as possible. Alzheimer's disease is the most expensive disease in the United States, costing Medicaid and Medicare systems $153 billion in 2015.

We need Congressman Scott Desjarlais to cosponsor the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act (S. 857/H.R. 1559). This landmark bill would provide Medicare coverage for care planning services for both the individual and the caregiver following a dementia diagnosis.

I encourage Congressman Scott Desjarlais to stand up for our community in the fight against Alzheimer's. Now more than ever, the leadership of our Congressional leaders is crucial to ending Alzheimer's.

* Care planning allows newly-diagnosed individuals and their caregivers to learn about medical and non-medical treatments, clinical trials opportunities, counseling and support services through organizations like the Alzheimer's Association, and the importance of engaging in financial and long-term care planning. Let's give newly diagnosed individuals and their families the tools that they need to prepare for the long road ahead!!

Teka Moten

Manager of Programs & Education

Alzheimer's Association- Mid South

Highland Rim

Student seeks Tennessee items

Dear People of the Great State of Tennessee,

Greetings, my name is Andrew L. and I am a fifth grade student at Salida Elementary School in Salida, California. We live in the Central Valley located east of San Francisco.

This year we are each to complete a state project. I picked Tennessee! I am asking for any and all information from and about your great state Tennessee to be sent to me. If you would please send any postcards, articles, maps, pictures, pens, pencils, posters, pamphlets or any other special items from Tennessee for my project.

My school address is: Andrew L., c/o Mr. Oakes, 5th grads, Salida Elementary School, 4519 Finney Road, Salida, CA 95368.

I really appreciate your help in making my project the best! I am lucky to learn about an awesome state like Tennessee.


Andrew L.

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