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Letter: Pennsylvania must invest more in Alzheimer’s fight

Editor:

In his budget address, Gov. Josh Shapiro proposed a historic $1.9 million investment to support an Alzheimer’s and dementia division in the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. For more than a decade — through multiple administrations and legislative sessions — the Alzheimer’s Association and volunteer advocates have worked tirelessly to move Alzheimer’s and dementia legislation forward. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania has fallen behind peer states across the nation when it comes to its response to this disease.

Every stage of Alzheimer’s disease experienced with my mother brought challenges. Getting an accurate diagnosis; unnecessary visits to the emergency room; having to take legal steps to have her admitted to a psychiatric unit; affording specialized care. The $1.9 million will be an investment well spent considering that Pennsylvania’s Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer’s in 2020 was $3.7 billion.

We need the General Assembly to move Senate Bill 840 forward, enabling this critical infrastructure and allowing Pennsylvania to lead the way. Please join me and the Alzheimer’s Association in encouraging Sen. Scott Martin and other state lawmakers to support this bill so Pennsylvania can join the other states that are already making significant progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Lynn Cronomiz
Robeson Township


Source: Berkshire mont

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