Letters: Keating has been champion for Alzheimer's community

Losing my partner Faye to Alzheimer’s Disease three years ago was the most difficult experience of my life. However, through many years of caring for her and advocating for Alzheimer’s research and care, I have been inspired by so many caregivers, survivors, medical personnel, and people living with Alzheimer’s. There is an entire community working to change policy to improve care of people with Alzheimer’s and to access private and government funding for much-needed research.

Here in the Ninth Congressional District, this community is lucky to have the type of leadership that Congressman Bill Keating provides for us in D.C.

As the Ninth District’s Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association, I have worked with Bill Keating and he has consistently been a champion for the Alzheimer’s community. Bill recognizes the toll that Alzheimer’s takes on our families and on society. He has consistently supported the funding of the National Institutes of Health where important research towards a cure is being conducted. He is the co-sponsor of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, which will increase public health funding and promote provider education so that the medical community can collaborate with family caregivers in ensuring more effective care for our loved ones living with dementia. He is an original cosponsor of H.R. 2972, the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act, which provides funds to public and nonprofit private health care providers to expand training and support services for families and caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Bill and his wife Tevis have always supported the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the primary fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH. Bill is always there when we need him, and we need him in D.C. to continue fighting this battle on behalf of our loved ones.

Barbara Meehan, Wareham

(This Letter To The Editor appeared in the The Standard-Times)