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.
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:
What is an Alzheimer's Congressional Team (ACT)?
The ACT is made up of one Ambassador and multiple team members who help advance the federal legislative goals of the Alzheimer's Association. Ambassadors are grassroots volunteers selected to serve as the main point of in-district contact for a member of Congress. They play a critical role by working directly with national and chapter staff to implement federal advocacy activities at the community level. Congressional team members support their ambassador by conducting, or assisting with, additional advocacy activities.
We are not currently seeking any Ambassadors or team members for the Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana area. Please contact our Chapter office if you would like more information: email@example.com
Contact your state legislators about important Alzheimer's issues. Visit the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission website for information about who represents you in the Commonwealth how to contact them.
Below are the bills that passed this legislative session:
HB144 - In-home care for elderly and disabled persons
SB77 - Medical order for scope of treatment
2015 Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capitol - CANCELED
The Kentucky Legislature confirmed they will not meet on Tuesday, February 17 due to the inclement weather and road conditions. We encourage you to continue moving our message forward by meeting with your legislators, whether in Frankfort or your home district, and share your stories. Please let us know if you do make contact or if there is any way we can help you prepare for a successful meeting. Thank you.
Thank you again to everyone who joined us on January 29, 2014 at the State Capitol and participated in our Kentucky Alzheimer's Advocacy Day. Because of you, we are making progress. Because of you, we WILL achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.
Indiana advocate events and information can be viewed here.
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:
On March 25, Alzheimer's advocates and staff met with lawmakers to encourage their support of legislation and funding critical to the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
Our delegation waiting to enter the office of Senator Mitch McConnell.
Visiting with Senator Rand Paul and his Legislative Assistant Natalie Burkhalter.
Ambassador Christy L'Heureux presenting Congressman Brett Guthrie with the 2015 Alzheimer's Association Humanitarian Award.
Alzheimer's Association Ambassadors and staff met with Congressman Andy Barr.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us at the 2016 Advocacy Forum April 4-6 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.
Share your story!
Do you have a personal story to share? Do you have ideas about how services could be improved? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 451-4266 to find out how you can let the policymakers know what needs to be done. Or contact your legislators directly about important Alzheimer's issues.
This summer Congressman Brett Guthrie has been stopping by restaurants to hear what's on people's minds and two of our advocates used this opportunity to talk with him about Alzheimer's disease. Our thanks to Rep. Guthrie for sharing with them his own personal involvement with the disease and his hope for a cure to end Alzheimer's.
Coffee with a Congressman - Thursday, September 3, 2015
Evansville area residents joined us for Coffee with Congressman Larry Bucshon where we discussed the recent professional judgement budget proposed to Congress by the National Institutes of Health, presenting legislators with the amount of funding needed for a significant Alzheimer's breakthrough and how Rep. Bucshon can help us ensure that Congress continues to make funding for Alzheimer's research a priority. Also discussed was the Congressman's perspective on the stigma that surrounds this disease and how the lives of those affected by it will improve if there is a wider understanding of, and sensitivity to, Alzheimer's.
Then, just a couple days later, Rep. Bucshon became the newest cosponsor of the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act! His support for the well-being of the families we represent is very meaningful. If passed, the HOPE Act will ensure that Medicare beneficiaries newly-diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their families receive comprehensive care planning services and documentation of the diagnosis in their medical record. HOPE will also educate health care providers on the benefit and require that recommendations are made to eliminate any beneficiary access barriers. For more information on the HOPE Act, visit www.alz.org/hopeact