Supporting our Nurses, Push to Help Alzheimer's Patients, and Weir Farm VisitMay 19, 2023
SUPPORTING OUR NURSES
On Wednesday, my colleagues and I came together to recognize our amazing nurses who help a variety of patients all over our wonderful state. We talked about the need to address staffing shortages by providing faster licensing with lower fees to attract nurses from out of state.
The impact nurses make on health care is unparalleled. The American Nurses Association dedicates its annual month-long celebration to shining a light on the invaluable contributions of nurses!
PUSH TO HELP THOSE WITH ALZHEIMER'S
We gathered this week to highlight our push for new legislation to improve the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Senate Bill 1024 would establish a dementia services coordinator within the Department of Aging and Disability Services. Senate Bill 931 expands eligibility for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders to participate in the state’s Respite Care Program. These initiatives will improve the lives of patients, their families, and their caregivers.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than six million Americans are currently living with the disease. That number is expected to grow by 12.7 million by 2050. Additionally, with more and more people choosing to age at home, trained care companions are more critical than ever. Now is the time to act.
WEIR PARK VISIT WITH SEN. MURPHY
I toured Weir Farm National Historic Park with Senator Chris Murphy last weekend. It was a pleasure to learn more about one of Wilton’s treasures. We want to help the park tell the story of America’s early impressionist painting movement. In 2020, Sen. Murphy helped pass legislation designating Weir Farm as a National Historic Park.
Weir Farm opened for the season a few weeks ago with free tours of the Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio. I highly recommend that you take a tour or a hike in the park!