Letter: Thank you, state officials, for Alzheimer’s legislation
November is National Family Caregivers month, which is a time to recognize, support and empower family caregivers. For someone who has spent the past 11 years caring for my mother who suffers from vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s, one of the best recognitions for the work I do along with so many others in supporting our families came in an unexpected form.
Recently, Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 24, which calls for the creation of a process that will lead to an official plan of action to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Ohio. Among the issues it will address include the importance of early detection and diagnosis, greatly needed resources for caregiver support, training to support quality of care and safety.
The passage of this law showcases the support of our Ohio legislators and their understanding of the devastating impact this disease has on millions of people across the state. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s will cost our state $2.4 billion in 2019 in Medicare expenses and that figure is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.
Couple that with the loss of taxable income from thousands of caregivers who leave the workforce to care for their loved ones and it is a no-brainer that something has to be done to eradicate the impact on the state budget.
On behalf of the nearly 1 million Ohioans affected by this disease, as well as the agencies who support us, I thank Gov. DeWine and the entire Ohio House and senators for support and passage of this bill.
Deneen Day, Columbus
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