News from Representative Sánchez

   

Dear Friend,

As Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, June is a time for our nation to officially recognize the devastation of this cruel and incurable disease. But for millions of senior citizens living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, as well as their loved ones, June is another month filled with emotions and challenges that nothing in life prepares us for.

When my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago, I still remember how difficult it was for my family to come to terms with our new reality. As for so many others, it seemed unthinkable that one of the strongest people in my life could face such a daunting disease. At first, my family and I did everything we could to maintain life as normal for my father. As time wore on, and his condition gradually deteriorated, my siblings and I all pitched in to help our mother shoulder the burden of caregiving as routine after routine became more difficult and his memories faded. Eventually, the care he needed surpassed what we could provide, and we had to find help.

Last year, my mother was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. While my family’s story is hardly unique, I have been extraordinarily lucky to have six siblings to share this journey with. Through it all, we have helped each other find hope and even humor in the challenges each day brings. Far too many caregivers, however, do not have siblings to lean on. Even those that do may not be able to afford the high cost of assistance that eventually becomes necessary.

As I fight for the research funding our scientists need to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases, I am working with my colleagues to put home health care and other assistance within reach for every working family. Caregiving is perhaps the most profound expression that a loved one can make. They deserve to know they are not alone. 

Sincerely,

Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Update from Washington

Protecting Widows and Widowers

The risk of losing a spouse is heartbreaking for senior citizens and their families, but for many, it can also mean financial ruin due to the loss of Social Security benefits. Women are particularly hard hit because they tend to outlive their husbands and typically have been paid less over the course of their careers. According to the he National Academy of Social Insurance, elderly persons need 79 percent of the income received when both partners were alive to maintain their standard of living, yet a widow usually experiences a 33 to 50 percent reduction in Social Security benefits after the death of her spouse even while receiving survivor’s benefits. That is why I have introduced the Protecting Our Widows and Widowers in Retirement (POWR) Act, which would strengthen Social Security survivor’s benefits and help widows and widowers live out their lives in dignity.

Funding Alzheimer's Research

As Congress considers appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018, I am proud to join members of both parties in fighting for additional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Alzheimer’s research. More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease today, which is expected to nearly triple by 2050. Not only will this increase devastate millions of families, but the direct cost of care for Alzheimer’s disease will surpass $1 trillion by 2050. This trend is unsustainable, which is why I am urging my colleagues to appropriate additional funding to help our scientists find a cure.

Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program

As many caregivers know all too well, Alzheimer’s patients eventually may wander away from home. These episodes often happen without warning as the disease can leave patients lost or confused, even in highly regular routines like a walk around the block. They may be unable to ask for help, and the experience is a frightening one for patients and caregiving alike. Fortunately, a federal program through the Department of Justice helps non-profits and community organizations establish and operate initiatives to identify, locate, and protect Alzheimer’s patients who wander. I am working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support much-needed funds for the small, but life-saving Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program. 

Highlight from the District

Please join me for my

15th Annual Senior Fair

Friday, August 11, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm

Cerritos College Student Center
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650

I always appreciate the opportunity to bring together local organizations and agencies to share with senior citizens how they can receive assistance on issues like Medicare, Social Security, veterans programs, food assistance, and consumer protections. Free health screenings and free lunches will also be provided while supplies last. I hope to see you there!

Senior Scam StopperSM Seminar

I am pleased to to host a FREE Senior Scam StopperSM Seminar in collaboration with the Contractors State License Board. Join us to learn how to protect yourself and your family from identity theft, telephone scams, insurance and financial fraud, and mail fraud. Seniors, their families, and caregivers are encouraged to attend. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center
9255 S. Pioneer Blvd.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Upcoming Community Office Hours

Whittier Community Office Hours
Whittier Public Library
7344 Washington Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602
July 5, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Avenue
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
July 11, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

South El Monte Community Office Hours
South El Monte Senior Center
1556 Central Avenue
South El Monte, CA 91733
July 12, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Always Here to Help
I am always available to help you with any federal matter. Please contact me if you need help with a federal issue, such as Medicare or federal agencies including the Social Security Administration or the Department of Veterans Affairs, would like to order a flag, are requesting tours and tickets for a visit to Washington, DC, or are considering applying to a military academy.

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