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For individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, care planning is essential to learning about medical and non-medical treatments, clinical trials and support services available in the community. Accessing these services results in a higher quality of life. I lost my grandfather to Alzheimer’s 12 years ago and have several others in my life currently impacted by this awful disease and understand the enormous burden dementia has on families and the economy.

The health care system, as it exists today, all too often fails both those living with dementia and their caregivers. It is our HOPE that the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 880/H.R. 1873) would require the Department of Health and Human Services to educate clinicians on care planning services available through Medicare, by providing clinicians the knowledge and tools to better help their patients and families living with dementia.

I am grateful for Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., for his support on the importance to educate our clinicians by co-sponsoring the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 880/H.R. 1873). As we recently concluded June, which was Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, I would encourage you to write Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., asking them to join Sen. Kevin Cramer in supporting the fight against Alzheimer’s and cosponsoring this important Act.

Michel Tietz, Bismarck

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Tietz is an Alzheimer’s MN-ND chapter board member

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