Letter: Support Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act
August 18, 2017
Dear editor: There are 244,000 people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. As someone who has served in this role supporting my U.S. Air Force retired father with the disease, I am proud to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act.
Recently reintroduced in Congress, and supported by the Alzheimer's Association, the act (S. 693 /H.R. 1676) would ensure America has an adequate, well-trained palliative care and hospice workforce through workforce training, education and awareness and enhanced research.
These services are critical services for persons in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. In fact, a number of studies have concluded that hospitalization is not recommended for individuals with advanced dementia, given the life expectancy of the individual, the significant burdens of aggressive treatment and the difficulty of pain management for those who cannot communicate in the hospital setting.
The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act would help ensure that the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer's have access to quality care and end-of-life services, making a devastating diagnosis slightly more manageable.
Please join me in asking Sen. Cory Gardner to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act and the 69,000 Coloradans living with Alzheimer's.
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