Op Ed: Dementia Bills Deserve Proper Attention This Year

This Op Ed first appeared on March 9, 2017 on DesMoinesRegister.com


The high-profile debates currently raging at the Statehouse make it easy to forget, but one issue I will continue to be vocal about is Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related ailments.

Alzheimer’s remains the only leading cause of death in America without available prevention mechanisms or a cure.

During the 2016 Iowa legislative session, a bill stalled that would have required nursing home and care facilities to provide additional training and guidance to those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.