Senator Collins and Leaders of Maine Aging Organizations to Host Press Availability following the Tour
FALMOUTH, ME—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will tour the Stewart Adult Day Center in Falmouth tomorrow at 10:30 AM. The innovative Stewart Adult Day Center is an affiliate of the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging and serves individuals suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's. Following the tour, Senator Collins will hold a press availability with prominent leaders of Maine’s top Aging Organizations.
As Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee and Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease, Senator Collins advocated strongly for the $2 billion increase in funding Congress approved late last year for the National Institutes of Health, including a $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research. This investment brings the total for Alzheimer’s disease research to $936 million – a more than 50 percent increase and almost half-way to the $2 billion a year that the experts say will be necessary to meet the goal of having an effective treatment or means of prevention for Alzheimer’s by 2025.
In addition, in December of 2015, the Senate passed the RAISE Family Caregivers Act that Senator Collins introduced with Senator Tammy Baldwin to develop a national strategy to recognize and support the more than 40 million family caregivers in the United States. This bipartisan legislation was endorsed by the AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Geriatrics Society, the Family Caregiver Alliance, and a number of other aging and disability organizations.
WHO: U.S. Senator Susan Collins
Laurence W. Gross, Executive Director Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging
Lori Parham, State Director, AARP Maine
Laurie A. Trenholm, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association, ME Chapter
WHERE: Lunt Auditorium
74 Lunt Road
WHEN: TOMORROW- Tuesday, January 5, 2015; 11:15-11:30 AM ET