Shine a light-weight on Alzheimer’s illness
In Pennsylvania alone, there are greater than 280,000 folks dwelling with Alzheimer’s illness and greater than 500,000 relations and buddies offering 622,000,000 hours of unpaid care.
June is Alzheimer’s & Mind Consciousness Month and throughout the month all communities have an opportunity to raise up conversations about Alzheimer’s illness and different dementia. The Alzheimer’s Affiliation Higher PA Chapter is encouraging all Pennsylvania residents to make mind well being an necessary a part of their lives as we proceed to beat the challenges we now have confronted collectively over the previous 12 months.
Now’s the time to affix the Alzheimer’s Affiliation to boost consciousness and take motion in opposition to this devastating illness. On June 20, 2021 – the summer time solstice and longest day of the 12 months – folks the world over will take part in an exercise of their selection for The Longest Day.
You possibly can flip your ardour right into a goal as you take part in any exercise of your selecting as you honor a cherished one or caregiver on June 20. Getting began is straightforward and the Alzheimer’s Affiliation is there with you each step of the best way as we shine a light-weight on Alzheimer’s illness.
Go to alz.org/thelongestday to enroll and be part of us within the combat!
Clay Jacobs, Pittsburgh. The writer is the chief director of the Alzheimer’s Affiliation Higher PA Chapter.
Cease Medicare cuts to specialty care
As many people start desirous about the return to “regular,” the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will have an effect on all of us for years to come back. Well being care suppliers aren’t any exception.
For specialty suppliers like bodily and occupational therapists, the pandemic triggered affected person quantity to plummet. Knowledge exhibits that bodily remedy noticed a 34% drop in Medicare spending between January and June 2020, whereas the challenges of safely offering care triggered prices to rise.
If that wasn’t dangerous sufficient, federal well being coverage is dealing one other blow by advancing devastating Medicare cuts that threaten to restrict affected person entry and hurt the sustainability of the well being care system.
Congress should step in to cease extra Medicare cuts to specialty care earlier than it’s too late. Well being care suppliers and seniors are relying on them.
Karolyn Jenkins, Huntingdon
Letters present clear divide
The juxtaposition of two CDT letters to the editor on Monday mirrors the enormity of the divide in desirous about socioeconomic and social points amongst Centre Countians and, extra broadly, U.S. residents. On one hand Doug Keith poses some questions to consider concerning political leaders’ silence and even specific assist of the injustices of sexism and racism. Then again, Christopher Potalivo warns of a risk to our present social order from the three/20 Coalition, whose core goal is the elimination of police violence towards folks of colour and people with psychological well being points.
Potalivo states that he’s not privileged. Then again, Keith challenges us to anticipate elected officers to reject the accepted social order that gives privilege to whites and significantly white males: the suppression of individuals of colour and the “denigration, abuse and second class standing” of ladies.
I’m one of many double privileged, and have seen that privilege afforded myself and different whites all through my life. I haven’t acknowledged this as a result of I’m particularly observant, however most definitely as a result of I used to be lucky to dwell for a few years amongst folks of various socioeconomic backgrounds and colour earlier than touchdown within the Glad Valley bubble 46 years in the past. Don’t get me improper, I like it right here, which is why I’ve stayed. And since I really like our lovely spot on this planet I really feel compelled to talk out when a fellow neighborhood member implicitly voices assist of racism and, extra explicitly, of cultural self-centeredness.
Ross Adams, Boalsburg