Meeks steps up for younger Alzheimer's patients
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Dear Editor,

The ability to think and make decisions about how we choose to live is the hallmark of humanity.

For many, this privilege is being taken away by Alzheimer's disease. Approximately 5.8 million Americans have this diagnosis, and approximately 5 percent of them are under age 60.

People living with Younger Onset Alzheimer's have often not been eligible for support programs and services available to senior citizens under the Older Americans Act because of their age.

As an Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter ambassador, I want to personally thank Congressman Gregory Meeks for his support of the recently passed Supporting Older Americans Act.

This legislation extends services such as home-delivered meals, case management, and personal care assistance to individuals who have Alzheimer’s and are under the age of 60.

I know all too well how Alzheimer's can wreak havoc on the person living with the disease, as well as all members of the family, both emotionally and financially.

Losing my mother to Alzheimer’s left me changed forever, and in my career as a dementia educator I have worked with families of all backgrounds. Personally and professionally, I am grateful for the supportive services available in our community.

Please join me in thanking Congressman Meeks for being a champion in the fight to end Alzheimer's.

Sincerely,

Yulandie Latham

Alzheimer's Association Ambassador

Jamaica

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