Advocate

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Join the cause

The Alzheimer’s Association 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.

Act Now

Alzheimer's disease is the most expensive condition in the nation. In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer's will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Despite these staggering figures, Alzheimer's will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion (in today's dollars) in 2050.

Coming on the heels of an unprecedented $122 million increase for Alzheimer's research, education, outreach and caregiver support in early 2014, Congress added an additional $25 million for research in the FY2015 budget. Still, a chronic underinvestment in Alzheimer's research persists.

Please thank your members of Congress for passing vital Alzheimer's legislation in 2014 and urge them to continue to support increased funding for Alzheimer's research.


Upcoming events

Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Day
Tuesday, March 17, 8 a.m. - noon 

TAKE ACTION!
Speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s and their families in Hawaii. Join the Alzheimer's Association Aloha Chapter at the state capitol in Honolulu to learn about the legislative process, meet face-to-face with your elected officials, and tell your personal story to those who make decisions affecting caregivers and families. Partnering together, we can communicate the importance of the Association’s policy priorities.

To register, email arstuderus@alz.org or call 808.591.2771.



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.

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.

Hawaii advocacy

To learn more about our local efforts, sign up to become an advocate today.

Federal advocacy