After moving to the United States from Ireland more than 20 years ago, I founded a successful small business that works to place in-home companions with seniors and people with disabilities. Since then, to honor my mother who died from Alzheimer's disease, I also became an active Alzheimer's Association volunteer.
I am writing to remind everyone that despite the fact that Congress was able to strike a deal in October to approve federal spending levels for the next two years, the individual line items in the budget still have not been decided. It is terribly important that we as citizens actively demand that our legislators stand up for our priorities.
Seniors have held up their end of the bargain by paying taxes year in, year out, and the programs that provide them with high-quality care must not be diminished. Those suffering from untreatable diseases such as Alzheimer's should also know that our country is doing everything possible to treat and cure their condition.
My congressman, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-3rd, has consistently fought to increasing funding for medical research by the National Institutes of Health and to protect the Medicare and Social Security benefits that seniors need to live happy, meaningful lives. I appreciate his dedication to our area's seniors and hope he will continue to support them.
Aishling Dalton-Kelly, Orland Park
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