Navigation Links
Alzheimer's Association Honors Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue With Humanitarian Award
Date:3/8/2010

WASHINGTON, March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue is the recipient of the Alzheimer's Association's 2010 Humanitarian Award. The award is given each year to a public official who has made a significant contribution to help those who are struggling with Alzheimer's disease.  This year, the award will be given to Commissioner Astrue in recognition of his exceptional leadership in creating the Compassionate Allowances Initiative and the decision to include early-onset Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in that initiative.

"Commissioner Astrue has worked tirelessly to ensure that disabled Americans receive the Social Security disability benefits they've earned in a timely way.  I congratulate Mike for receiving this honor, and I know he joins me in admiration for the tremendous work that the Alzheimer's Association does every day," said President Barack Obama.

Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, thanked President Obama for his comments about the Alzheimer's Association and echoed the President's praise for Commissioner Astrue. "Social Security benefits are crucial to individuals under age 65 with Alzheimer's disease because they lose their jobs, income and health coverage at the very same time they face the biggest challenge of their lives: the reality of living with Alzheimer's. On behalf of all the individuals who now won't have to go through a long decision process and multiple lengthy appeals to obtain their benefits, the Alzheimer's Association is proud to honor Commissioner Astrue for establishing this initiative which helps to ease the burden of so many families."

Under Astrue's leadership, the Social Security Administration has committed to "fast-tracking" certain conditions to reduce the backlog of disability claims and streamline the application process. The Commissioner's insight and understanding that the diagnosis of Alzheimer's indicates significant cognitive impairment that interferes with daily living activities, including the ability to work, will now ensure early-onset families won't have to endure the financial and emotional toll of a long decision process.

The Alzheimer's Association urges all individuals affected by Alzheimer's to use their "voice" to educate the public about their experience. The Association is grateful for Commissioner Astrue's willingness to listen and to provide a platform for these individuals to share. During the public hearing on this issue, Commissioner Astrue and his colleagues heard from those living with Alzheimer's and Alzheimer researchers about the terminal nature of the disease, the disabilities that often prohibit work in even the earliest stages of the disease, and the lack of effective treatments that modify or halt disease progression. Another 600 advocates submitted written testimony about their experience trying to obtain disability benefits.  

Commissioner Astrue will receive his Humanitarian Award during the Alzheimer's Association's 22nd Annual Advocacy Forum, the Alzheimer's Association's premier advocacy event that brings together advocates from across the country in three momentous days of action in the fight against Alzheimer's.

Past recipients of the Alzheimer's Association's Humanitarian Award include: President Ronald Reagan, Senators Arlen Specter, Tom Harkin, Mark Hatfield, Barbara Mikulski, Jay Rockefeller, Charles Grassley and Blanche Lincoln, Representatives Steny Hoyer and Edward Markey and Josefina Carbonell, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Aging.

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

SOURCE Alzheimer's Association

Back to top

RELATED LINKS
http://www.alz.org

'/>"/>

SOURCE Alzheimer's Association
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Alzheimers Research Target May Be a Dead End
2. American Dental Association President Testifies Before IOM Committee on Access to Oral Health Care
3. Michael A. Stephens Appointed Senior Policy Director at Association of Schools of Public Health
4. Statement from Larry Minnix, President & CEO, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, On the Therapy Cap Coalition Press Conference
5. VIDEO from Medialink and Juice Products Association: Teens Who Drink Juice Have Healthier Diets, Eat More Whole Fruit
6. The Association of Diversity Councils Announces Its 2010 Diversity Council Honors Award™ Recipients
7. New Data from Caldolor(R) Study in Burn Patients to be Presented at 42nd Annual Meeting of The American Burn Association
8. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin to Address National Association of Black Journalists Conference on Health Disparities
9. Brain Injury Association of Washington Provides National Leadership in Concussion Safety & Awareness
10. American Stroke Association Late-Breaking Science News Report: Stroke Survivors Can Improve Functioning of Paralyzed Arm Years After Stroke
11. American Stroke Association Late-Breaking Science Report: Surgery, Stenting to Open Blocked Neck Arteries Similar in Safety, Efficacy, But Show Differences in Stroke, Heart Attack and Death Rates at Certain Ages
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on ... Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability ... fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room ... Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. ... of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has dedicated his ... implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The procedure is ... to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use to help ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom ... of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result ... more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... To deal with these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or ... Center of Marne, Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... NAMUR , Belgium , ...  (NYSE MKT: VNRX), today announced the appointment of ... Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective ... the Company,s Audit, Compensation and Nominations and Governance ... Board, Dr. Futcher will provide independent expertise and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ... (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality (Filler, ... Global Forecast to 2021" report to their offering. ... pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to reach USD 8.1 ... the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... offering. The current unmet ... for MedImmune to enter. The US ageing population creates a ... considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. The introduction of a ... development is still in its infancy. Key ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: