Advocate


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Join the cause

The Alzheimer’s Association--Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana 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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Share Your Story!
Do you have a personal story to share? Do you have ideas about how services could be improved? Please contact infoky-in@alz.org or (502) 451-4266 to find out how you can let the policymakers know what needs to be done.
Or contact your state legislator directly about important Alzheimer's issues. Here is the link for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission for information about the state legislature and how to contact your legislators: www.lrc.state.ky.us

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.


What is an Advocacy Ambassador? 

Ambassadors are grassroots volunteers who serve as the main point of in-district contact for a targeted member of Congress. Ambassadors play a critical role in advocating for Alzheimer’s federal legislative goals. They work directly with national and chapter staff on federal advocacy activities.  

We are not currently seeking any Ambassadors for Kentucky or Indiana. 
Please contact the Greater KY and Southern IN Chapter office if you would like to volunteer or would like more information.

Kentucky advocacy

2014 Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

Governor Beshear proclaimed January 29, 2014 Alzheimer's Awareness and Advocacy Day in Kentucky.

On that day, more than fifty Alzheimer's Association staff and advocates braved the cold to share our stories with legislators at our state capitol. Because of you, we were able to meet with and/or leave informational materials with all 138 Kentucky senators and representatives!

Thank you for being an important voice for the care and support needs of persons living with Alzheimer's and related dementias and their loved ones. Visits by our Ambassadors, advocates and staff to our legislators at both the state and federal level really do make a tremendous difference in moving the Alzheimer's cause forward (as evidenced by the recent inclusion of the $122 million new dollars for Alzheimer's in the FY14 national budget).

However, if you could not attend our 2014 Kentucky Alzheimer's Advocacy Day, there are always more opportunities to make your voice heard. Any time of year, you can write letters and visit your senator/representative. Then, please let us know if and when you do along with any details of what happened during your visit(s).

Thank you again to everyone who joined us at the State Capitol and participated in our Advocacy Day. Because of you, we are making progress. Because of you, we WILL achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

Advocacy Day 

Contact your state legislator about important Alzheimer's issues. Here is the link for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission for information about the state legislature and how to contact your legislators: www.lrc.state.ky.us
   

   

Indiana advocacy

Indiana advocate events and information can be viewed here.

Federal advocacy   

Chapter advocates from Kentucky and southern Indiana join with hundreds of others from across the country at the annual Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. each spring. We meet with our members of Congress and their staff to personally express:
  • The urgency of increasing the allocation for Alzheimer research in the federal budget: medical research is needed for better treatments and to develop ways to prevent the disease; and
  • The need to help caregivers, increase detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and provide access, information and support for newly diagnosed patients and their families.
2014 Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum
2014 Bari and BarrAlzheimer's Association Chapter Director of Community Outreach Bari Lewis and Ambassadors Colman and Victoria Elridge met with Congressman Andy Barr. 

2014 Delegates and BurkhardtVisiting with Natalie Burkhardt in Senator Rand Paul's office.

2014 Forum Delegates and McConnellOur delegation with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. 


Mark your calendars and plan to join us at the 2015 Advocacy Forum March 22-25 in Washington, D.C. This is an opportunity to learn about key policy priorities and meet face-to-face with your Members of Congress to educate them about Alzheimer's disease and its potentially devastating effect on our country's economy, businesses and citizens.