Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Washington @#$%^&

Several pieces of legislation, all supported by AFA, that will help safeguard individuals with Alzheimer's disease made significant progress in Congress recently.

Among them were two bills related to wandering that passed the House last week:

- H.R. 6503, introduced by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), reauthorizes and expands the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program. This Department of Justice Program helps local communities and law enforcement quickly find and identify persons with Alzheimer's disease who wander or are missing. H.R. 6503 authorizes up to $5 million per year in appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 2015.

- The National Silver Alert Act, authored by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), would expand "Silver Alert," a public notification system that uses radio, television and highway signs to broadcast information about missing elderly persons with dementia or other mental impairment in order to help locate them.

Although there is no time for similar legislation to proceed through the Senate and to the President before Congress is set to adjourn on Friday, Congressional sponsors intend to reintroduce both bills at the start of the 111th Congress next year.

And, thanks to a bill introduced by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), September 22 has been officially declared "National Falls Prevention Awareness Day."


Now to have the Silver Alert into effect would be just grand. When will it be?

Check the last paragraph. The wheels in Washington turn very slowly.

Equally do they turn at minimum pace at The VA.

We filed in May 2008 for a pension which actually we did not know about and husband was eligible for the last 16years. It is a pension given to war vets who served in any war for 90 days.

Every month we get a letter saying they are behind and working on it.

For the most part it takes about 6 months.

Social security story: My son lost his wife in May. He filed for the generous amount of 250.00 which you are supposed to get when one passes away.

Today they called my son and told him that he would not be eligible because he was not in Texas with his wife, the day of her passing, but was with his dad and mother in NC. Fact is he came to help for awhile and he was waiting for the visit of his son who was coming in June from Sweden.

A few hours later the S.S. called again and said for him to go ahead and mail the paperwork, they would try and see if they can reconsider.

How generous of them.

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