To the editor:
As a dedicated advocate working to end Alzheimer’s disease, I am writing to express my gratitude for my Congressman, Peter Roskam. He has not only been a long-time supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association and their vital requests for increased research appropriations, he is also one of the first Illinois delegation cosponsors of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). When enacted, this bill will ensure an adequate, well-trained palliative care workforce through training, education, awareness, and enhanced research.
Palliative and hospice care are specific medical approaches that focus on increasing support for patients and their caregivers. Additionally, methods are utilized for comfort and pain management. People with Alzheimer’s and other dementias rely heavily on this care, which is a more humane and oftentimes more cost effective method for delivering care.
I understand this disease because I lost my husband to younger onset Alzheimer’s last year after a long and difficult battle. Yet, my resolve to fight for those who don’t have a voice continues. I advocate so that my children and future generations will not be burdened by this undignified, heartbreaking and horrendous disease.
Congressman Roskam’s support of PCHETA and our greater mission to end Alzheimer’s must be acknowledged. I am so grateful to know that I, along with the almost 1 million patients and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s in Illinois have a partner and ally in Rep. Roskam.
Together, if advocates, professionals and legislators work together, we have the opportunity to eradicate the most expensive disease in America. Thank you Congressman Roskam – I look forward to our continued work together.