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Shea-Porter, Shaheen, Hassan, and Kuster Announce Nearly $1 Million for Easterseals NH to Provide Critical Services to Individuals with Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) today announced that Easterseals NH will be receiving nearly $1 million from the US Department of Health and Human Services’s Administration for Community Living to help deliver supportive services to people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Easterseals NH offers an array of support for seniors, including services for those providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s, and adult day health care programs. Easterseals NH also operates a homemakers and health nonprofit that serves individuals with Alzheimer’s, providing housekeeping, meal preparations, transportation, personal care, companionship, and medication reminders.

“Nearly one in eight Americans over age 65 are living with Alzheimer’s, but for these individuals and their caregivers, essential supportive services such as home-based care, adult day care, and aid or coaching for caregivers are often too expensive or difficult to access,” said Shea-Porter. “We must do more to ensure these individuals and their families have the support and services they need, which is why I have sought increased funding for research into Alzheimer’s Disease and why I will continue to support federal programs that provide funding to organizations such as Easterseals NH. I am grateful for the critical services offered by Easterseals NH to individuals with Alzheimer’s and the assistance the organization provides to those caring for their loved ones.”

“Alzheimer’s is a devastating illness that also takes a difficult toll on families caring for loved ones. That’s why the assistance provided by Easterseals here in New Hampshire is so critical, delivering necessary health care services and supports to those affected,” said Shaheen. “I’m very pleased to see this substantial federal grant awarded to Easterseals so that they can expand their reach to serve more patients across the Granite State.”

“Far too many Granite Staters are impacted by Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, and we must do everything that we can to support those affected by these devastating diseases,” Senator Hassan said. “This federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services is vital to those efforts, helping to ensure that Easterseals New Hampshire has the resources it needs to continue providing high-quality services for those living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.”

“Having cared for my mother as she battled Alzheimer’s, I know firsthand the incredible toll this disease takes on individuals and their families,” said Kuster. “Support is critical for those struggling with Alzheimer’s, and I am pleased this funding will allow Easterseals to help give peace of mind to Granite Staters and their families who are facing the challenges of dementia.”