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.

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Upcoming events

Join the Greater Idaho chapter for the Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Day on March 4, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Click here for more information.

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.

Idaho advocacy

Idaho Approves a State Plan for Alzheimer’s!

Recently, the Idaho Legislature unanimously approved House Concurrent Resolution 034, put forth by the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group (IAPG), voting into effect a state-wide plan to address Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias in Idaho.

The IAPG is a volunteer task force consisting of members from the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP Idaho, BSU’s Center for the Study on Aging, the Idaho Commission on Aging, educators, researchers, administrators, service providers and other advocates. IAPG worked closely with Representative Sue Chew from District 17 to draft this resolution and supported her efforts to bring it to the full legislature. Idaho now proudly joins the other 27 states nationwide who have plans to address this devastating disease.

 The state-wide plan addresses five key areas identified as important to Idahoans through a needs assessment completed last year. These key areas are:

  • Increase the public’s awareness of, and access to resources and information
  • Provide Alzheimer’s disease and dementia specific training to caregivers
  • Coordinate current support services
  • Create a positive regulatory and financial environment
  • Develop an ongoing source of data collection about Alzheimer’s disease

To read a complete version of the state plan, click here.

Contact your elected officials and thank them for standing up for those living with Alzheimer's disease.

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

Federal advocacy