Alzheimer’s disease is present in every state and every community in Nebraska. Alzheimer’s is fatal with no known cure, or ways to slow the devastation that it brings. Many people believe that Alzheimer’s affects primarily older people, but that is not always the case. My husband was diagnosed with this devastating disease four years ago at the age of 61. I was 55 at the time, and we were looking forward to eventual retirement and time with our children and grandchildren. For now, we have learned to live in the moment, while this insidious disease is taking my husband from us a little more each day.

There is hope. The Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act (H.R. 1903/S.901) would provide access to respite services for family caregivers, educational programs and pathways toward financial and emotional support under the Older Americans Act. These services give families the resources they need to improve and maintain quality of life for as long as possible.

As a wife, mother, grandmother and now a caregiver, I am asking that Congress pass the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act. Please join me in encouraging Rep. Adrian Smith and Sen. Deb Fischer to pass the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act of 2019. Together, we can make a difference.

Lori Reiner, Holdrege