LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
More resources needed for dementia
For individuals living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, care planning is essential to learning about treatments, clinical trials and support services available in their community.
Accessing these services results in a higher quality of life. As a nurse who formerly cared for individuals living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, I understand the enormous burden dementia has on Oregon families and the economy.
Thankfully, as of January 2017, Medicare covers critical care planning services. However, not enough patients and providers are aware of this resource.
That's why I'm asking Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Kurt Schrader to co-sponsor the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer's Act (S. 880/HR 1873). The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer's Act would help educate clinicians on Alzheimer's and dementia care planning services through Medicare.
Endorsed by the Alzheimer's Association and its advocacy arm, the Alzheimer's Impact Movement, the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer's Act will give them the knowledge and tools to better help their patients and families living with dementia.
Please join me in asking Sen. Wyden and Rep. Schrader to support the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer's Act.
To learn more about how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer's, visit alzimpact.org.
Concerned about district election, transparency
Wow! That's all I can say about the nasty letters to the editor from Mrs. King's supporters making gross assumptions about her opponent Gail Greenman. Actually that's not true, I can say a lot more. The irony that the district sends out a press release on May 8 patting themselves on the back about laying fence guard to control weeds at Athey Creek (which I think is a good thing) on the exact same day the district sprayed Round Up at WLWV primary school is a prime example of transparency problem our district has. Just as disturbing is the messaging. In the press release the district says "Herbicides are only applied to pests when absolutely necessary, and never for aesthetic reasons." In the letter to Cedaroak Primary the district says, "Herbicides are only used when necessary and never routinely applied for purely aesthetic purposes." The Cedaroak letter goes on to inform parents that the spray is specifically for weeds, hardly a pest if you ask me.
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