Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia can be overwhelming. And when the worry and stress runs high, news of hope can bring a little relief.
First, a newly approved medication could slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. In June, the FDA approved the first drug with potential to treat the disease itself, rather than just symptoms. Read more from the Alzheimer’s Association, a reliable source to learn about drug therapies and other updates.
Next, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are working to make sure existing Medicare benefits will reach more families. While Medicare has covered care planning for individuals with dementia since 2017, fewer than 1% of seniors living with Alzheimer’s have received the benefit. In December, the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act was signed into law. Its goal is to better educate providers about Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services and improve support to people living with dementia.
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