August 16, 2022
Letters to the Editor

Congress should provide relief to beneficial nonprofits like the Alzheimer’s Association

As a volunteer advocate, the Alzheimer’s Association is important to me because it is a way to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

My mother, Grace Whitten, suffered from vascular dementia, which eventually took her from us in September of 2018. She lived with us for 3 1/2 years, and there was very little support and education for family members trying to help our loved ones navigate through such a difficult time.

The Alzheimer’s Association has been instrumental in passing legislation to help families like mine.

With that being said, I understand many nonprofit organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association, have been severely financially impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have not been included in a relief package by the federal government. Therefore, I am asking that my representative, Adam Kinzinger, expand nonprofit access to credit to support nonprofit employers with between 500 and 10,000 employees in the next COVID-19 relief package.

I can’t  imagine another family having to face challenges due to Alzheimer’s or a related dementia without having the support, programs and resources of the Alzheimer’s Association, like my family experienced.

To continue our fight to end Alzheimer’s, our nation’s most expensive and devastating disease, please join me in encouraging Congressman Kinzinger to consider the millions of Illinois families that depend on nonprofits like the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cindy Petersen