Join the cause
The Alzheimer’s Association Louisiana Chapter invites you to join in the fight against Alzheimer's as an advocate. We are leading the fight against Alzheimer's, but we cannot make an impact without your help. Speak up for the needs and rights of the 82,000 Louisiana residents with Alzheimer’s disease and their 230,000 caregivers by reaching out to your Louisiana and US Legislators. You can find your local legislators online by clicking here.
President Obama signed into law a historic Alzheimer's funding increase on December 18, 2015. Prompted by the efforts of our tireless advocates, the increase of more than $350 million in federal research funding in the FY2016 budget will go to researchers working to combat Alzheimer's disease. This marks the largest increase ever in federal Alzheimer's research funding and would not have been possible without the outstanding support of our advocates. Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.
For a complete list of our upcoming events, please visit our Events page.
2016 Advocacy Forum - April 2016
Take your advocacy to the next level! Join us for the
2016 Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, April 4-6, in Washington, D.C. Meet with advocates from across the United States to learn, network, and advocate on Capitol Hill. It’s where you need to be to
continue playing a crucial role in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Register
2016 Louisiana State Advocacy Day - May 2016
Our 2016 State Advocacy Day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Louisiana Chapter staff and advocates will gather at the Louisiana State Capitol Building from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM to share personal experiences and lobby for the rights and needs of Louisiana residents affected by Alzheimer's disease. Stay tuned for more details to come.
Updating the LA State Plan
- November 5, 2014 - reviewed 2008 State Plan and identified viable priorities based on original recommendations
June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to hold a global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias. We invite everyone around the world to join us in going purple and in using their brains to help end Alzheimer's. The month focuses on education around healthy aging and highlights our second second signature event, The Longest Day, as the most important action day of the month.
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month
In the United States, there are more than 15 million Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers. We want to send these exceptional people a big “thank you” for everything they do. Honor them by sharing your tribute message - click here to add your personal message. What does a caregiver look like? A caregiver or care partner can be a child, spouse, partner, friend, neighbor, or even an entire family.
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.
On May 27, 2015, Louisiana staff, volunteers, advocates, and ambassadors met in Baton Rouge for the Second Annual Louisiana State Advocacy Day. Throughout the day, attendees heard from fellow volunteers, Alzheimer's Association staff from the Advocacy office in Washington, D.C. office, and invited guests, including a representative from the Office of Aging & Adult Services. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with legislators about strengthening support of the State Alzheimer's Plan and gathering support for upcoming Adult Guardianship Legislation for FY16. The Alzheimer's Association Louisiana Chapter attendees were recognized in both the Senate and House and received resolutions.
Special thanks to Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr. MD, [LA-3] and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond [LA-2] for being the only Louisiana Members of Congress to sign on as co-sponsors for the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act of 2015 (H.R. 1559). If adopted, the HOPE Act would ensure a documented dementia diagnosis; provide Medicare coverage for comprehensive care planning services for both the diagnosed individual and caregiver; and provide education to providers about the new benefit. Join us as we continue to advocate for those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Learn more about the Alzheimer's Association Policy Priorities by visiting our Alzheimer's Advocates Center. Our efforts are driven by the information provided in the yearly Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report.