ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – As part of her efforts to provide needed resources to seniors in need, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, introduced legislation that would allocate additional funds into grants for Alzheimer’s care.
“Alzheimer’s is a disease that puts a tremendous burden on impacted individuals, families and loved ones,” said Manley. “It is important that we do our part in making sure that organizations that care for those with Alzheimer’s have the resources they need to make sure patients have the support they deserve.”
Manley introduced House Bill 2648, which allocates $1.5 million to funding grants to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association for care, support, education, and to implement awareness programs, up from the current $15,000 allocated to the grants. Since entering the Illinois General Assembly, Manley has worked to support those with Alzheimer’s Disease and was named the Illinois Alzheimer’s Association’s 2014 Legislator of the Year. She also regularly advocates on behalf of the senior community as a whole, including introducing legislation this session to prohibit telemarketers from soliciting seniors over the phone.
“It is incumbent on all of us to ensure that our seniors are afforded every opportunity to live with dignity and have the needed resources and care they need,” said Manley. “As we move forward, I will continue to work with the senior community and those who care for them to address the issues that they face.”