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Please help us make a difference

Become an Ambassador!  

What is an Ambassador?  An Ambassador is connected with his/her  Congressperson throughout the year.  The Ambassador emails, calls and visits the district congressional office several times per year and keeps the Congressperson and their staff up to date on Alzheimer's-related topics, both in theri state and nationally.  This is  an important and FUN job.  It takes about 2 hours a month to be an Ambassador.

 

Massachusetts and New Hampshire legislation for 2014

Help us continue to MOVE the Acute Care Act and Massachusetts Alzheimer's Project Act

Acute Care Act
Sponsors: Senator Jehlen and Representative Canavan

The Senate passed the Acute Care Act (S.1882, formerly S.295) on June 26, 2014. The bill is now under consideration in the House, in the House Steering, Policy, and Scheduling Committee as well as the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.  Watch for future legislative alerts from us on this bill.

 The Acute Care Act asks the state legislature to call for an Alzheimer’s and related Dementias in Acute Care Advisory Committee to convene and produce written strategy to ensure acute care settings provide dementia-capable care as of 2015.

  • The state legislature is also held responsible to implementing the strategies outlined in the acute Care Advisory committee report to ensure dementia-capable care in acute care settings.

    Get a copy of the bill  (current as of June 30, 2014)


The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Project Act (MAPA)
Sponsors: Senator M. Moore and Representative Scibak

  • MAPA will create an office for Alzheimer’s disease at EOHHS to coordinate government efforts and ensure that appropriate resources are maximized and leveraged for the 120,000 individuals and their families who live with the challenges of this disease every day.  


Want to help? 

After years of dedicated service to our legislative advocacy, Jennifer Carter has left the staff for new challenges. We thank her for all the success she accomplished on behalf of the Alzheimer's community. Until the appointment of a new Manager of Public Policy, please contact Betsy Fitzgerald-Campbell, VP Communications, at 617.868.6718, or bfitzgerald@alz.org.

In New Hampshire, please continue to contact Heather Carroll at 603.609.6590 or e-mail heather.carroll@alz.org

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.

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.
  • Advocate for public policy priorities to improve quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s. 

Federal advocacy