Advocates in DC Advocacy Day 2014

Join the cause

The Alzheimer’s Association Louisiana Chapter invites you to join in the fight against Alzheimer's as an advocate. We are the 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.

Through the efforts of tireless advocates across the United States, the President Obama signed into law H.R. 3547, the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which contained an unprecedented increase of $122 million for Alzheimer's research, education, outreach, care, and support services. Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.

Upcoming Events

For a complete list of our upcoming events, please visit our Events page. 

Updating the LA State Plan

Stakeholders Meetings

  • November 5, 2014 - reviewed 2008 State Plan and identified viable priorities based on original recommendations

Walk to End Alzheimer's - Stay tuned for 2015 Walk updates!

  • Alexandria Sept. 12 Kent State Plantation
  • Baton Rouge Sept. 12 Forest Park (BREC)
  • Bayou Area Sept. 26 Nicholls State University
  • Mandeville Oct. 3 Fontainebleau State Park
  • Tangipahoa Oct. 10 Ponchatoula Recreation Park
  • Shreveport Oct. 17 Louisiana Boardwalk
  • Lake Charles Oct. 31 Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheater
  • Lafayette Nov. 14 Blackham Coliseum
  • Monroe Nov. 14 Forsythe Park
  • New Orleans Nov. 14 LaSalle Park

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.


Louisiana advocacy

The Impact of Alzheimer's Disease in Louisiana: A Report of the Louisiana Alzheimer's Disease Task Force

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. 

Federal advocacy

Speical thanks to  Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr. MD, for becoming the first Louisiana Member of Congress to sign on as a co-sponsor 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. 

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