Join the cause
The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer advocate. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.
What is an advocate?
Alzheimer advocates play an important role in improving the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families by working to improve dementia care and services; improve access to community-based care; improve quality care in residential settings; and expand funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.
Become an Advocate
As an advocate, you will:
- Receive regular updates about current legislative and public policy issues.
- Stay on top of policy and legislative issues through alerts and updates.
- Make calls or write to legislators to forward public policy priorities to improve quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s.
Public Policy Forum
April 22-24 2013
Join us at the Public Policy Forum
Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter Press Conference & Town Hall Meeting September 2012
Alzheimer's Association Included in Checkoff Colorado for Next Five Years
Senators Linda Newell and Michael Johnston and Representative Larry Liston sponsored a bill that was signed into law today by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper that adds the Alzheimer’s Association to the list of non-profits on the Checkoff Colorado portion of the state tax form for the next five years.
More than 30 years ago, Colorado became the first state in the country to allow a taxpayer to "check-off" a voluntary contribution to a state program. Today there are hundreds of checkoff programs in nearly every state in the country. Every year, U.S. taxpayers contribute tens of millions of dollars to a diverse range of programs. Check-off contributions are voluntary donations made by taxpayers.
“When taxpayers make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association Fund on the Colorado State Tax Form, contributions are used to support the programs and services provided to more than 72,000 individuals and families in Colorado living with Alzheimer’s disease,” stated Linda Mitchell president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter.
Featured in photo: Mr and Mrs Johnston (parents of Senator Michael Johnston), Bill Bridgwater, Senator Michael Johnston, Deb Wells, Linda Daniels, Linda Mitchell, Representative Larry Liston, Senator Linda Newell.
Chronic Care Collaborative
The Alzheimer’s Association is a member of the Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) a group of 24 Colorado-based non-profits who serve those in our state with chronic diseases. Their focus is to tighten the gaps in healthcare.
Colorado Public Policy Platform
In the coming year, the Alzheimer’s Association will focus its public policy platform on three areas: 1) Developing our State Plan for Alzheimer’s, 2) Increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate for assisted living facilities in Colorado and, 3) Educating our advocates and the general public about the power of their voices and how to use them on our behalf.
Senate Bill 58, also known as the “Colorado Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council Act” is now a reality, and the next stage of implementation of Colorado’s Alzheimer’s disease State Plan is at hand.
- We will continue to implement the recommendations of the Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council, which were made pursuant to the Colorado Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council Act. See, Colo. Rev. Stat. § 25-39-101, et seq. In cooperation with the national Alzheimer’s Association, efforts will be made to increase public awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease through an expanded concern and awareness campaign. We will work with all available individuals and entities to increase public awareness of the issues, to facilitate effective communication of the need for early detection of the disease, and to reduce or
eliminate any public stigma attached to the disease.
- We will use our Chapter's extensive statewide advocacy network to help advance the recommendations in the National Alzheimer's Plan, including obtaining congressional support for the first stage of the plan, i.e., additional funding in the amount of one hundred million dollars with 80% devoted to research and the remainder devoted to increased provider education and caregiver support
- Much of the progress in Alzheimer’s research and treatment has occurred through improved data collection. Better data on Alzheimer’s disease also helps support public awareness campaigns about the impact of the disease as well as our advocacy efforts. All state health departments conduct an annual public health surveillance survey, known as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey System (BRFSS). We will work towards having the Colorado Department of Health adopt a new module for its survey which was developed by the Centers on Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This module is
called the Cognitive Impairment Module, which asks about memory and cognitive abilities.
- We will work towards an increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rate for Assisted Living Facilities in Colorado. Currently, that rate is below cost for most Colorado Assisted Living Facilities. This results in a situation in which persons with dementia whose best placement may be in an assisted living facility are
unable to access the care they need. This results in either premature institutionalization in a nursing home, or the provision of care in an inappropriate setting. We will attempt to address this problem by working with other organizations to ask the Colorado legislature and the Colorado Department of Health
Care Policy and Financing to enact an increase in the rate.
View our 2013 Colorado Public Policy Priorities (requires Adobe Reader)