Voice Your Support For Critically-Important Legislation

Legislature to vote in August on 2 bills important to families with Alzheimer’s

On Monday, August 6th, Assemblymembers and Senators will return to Sacramento for the final month of the Legislative year.  Among the bills that will be heard are two of particular importance to families living with Alzheimer’s:

AB 2039 (Swanson) – Family and Medical Leave  – Senate Floor

Currently, an employee may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, protected leave  during any 12-month period to care for their parent or spouse if they are suffering from a serious health condition.  This legislation would expand existing law to allow an employee to take protected leave to care for a seriously-ill parent-in-law, grandparent, sibling or domestic partner.  This would mean that an employee could take up to 12 weeks to care for a member of their family living with Alzheimer’s disease without having to sacrifice their financial security, and additionally is more considerate of modern family dynamics.

The legislation is supported by a wide array of organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, California Commission on Aging, California Labor Federation, multiple chapters of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

Ask: Call your State Senator and ask them to “please support AB 2039 when it comes before you on the Senate Floor.  This is an important bill for families living with Alzheimer’s.”

SB 1047 (Alquist) – Emergency Services: Seniors – Assembly Floor

This legislation would create a ‘Silver Alert’ system in California, and would require the California Highway Patrol to activate the alert if the missing person is 65 or older, or if they have a serious health, mental or physical disability.

Over half a million Californians are living with Alzheimer’s, and approximately 60 percent of them will wander at some point.  Currently, there is no statewide system in place to help find such individuals.  Implementation of the Silver Alert system in California will increase the likelihood that individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are found quickly.  With passage of this legislation, California can join the 34 other states that already have implemented a missing persons alert system.

The legislation is supported by the California Senior Legislature, California Commission on Aging, and Congress of California Seniors.

Ask:  Call your State Assemblymember and ask them to “please support SB 1047 when it comes before you on the Assembly Floor.  This is an important bill for families living with Alzheimer’s.”

The clock is ticking on these important bills.  If either fails to pass the floors, it will not become law and the opportunity to improve the lives of Californians living with Alzheimer’s will be missed.

Can you please take five minutes to call or email your Legislative member today?  Enter you address here to find the contact information for your local representatives.

Thank you for your continued support!

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