Massachusetts Legislators Gather at Anna Maria College to Advocate for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Paxton, Massachusetts – On February 15, Anna Maria College and the Molly Bish Center hosted their 3rd Annual Legislative Breakfast, focusing on the protection of vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly. The event brought together senators and representatives from Massachusetts to express their support for proposed legislation regarding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. The legislators in attendance included Representative David LeBoeuf, Representative Meghan Kilcoyne, Representative James J. O’Day, Representative Danielle Gregoire, as well as representatives from the staff of representative David Muradian, Jr. and senator Ryan Fattman.

During the Legislative Breakfast, the proposed legislation that was discussed included several acts aimed at improving Alzheimer’s and dementia care in senior care programs, strengthening the direct care and dementia workforce, and enhancing public health infrastructure to address Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The keynote speakers for the event were representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association, who shed light on the impact of Alzheimer’s on both patients and their family caregivers.

Many of those present at the event were personally affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia, including Lenore Rust, the Director of Anna Maria College’s Master in Social Work Program and Co-Director of the Molly Bish Center. Rust emphasized the importance of providing compassionate care, resources, and advocacy for the most vulnerable members of society.

Kelly Sullivan, the Co-Director of the Molly Bish Center and Director of Anna Maria’s Bachelor of Social Work Program, highlighted the urgent need for action, citing statistics that indicate more than half of Massachusetts residents are facing behavioral health issues. Sullivan stated the college’s commitment to educating and training professionals to address these challenges.

The event was an opportunity for legislators, experts, and advocates to come together and discuss the pressing issue of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The Molly Bish Center continues to prioritize the protection and safety of children and the elderly, working towards ending Alzheimer’s disease and providing support for those affected. For more information about the event and the Alzheimer’s Association’s presentation, visit the link provided.