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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

Acute Care Act
Sponsors: Senator Jehlen and Representative Canavan

     PASSED BY LEGISLATURE     

We are pleased that S.1882 An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee, sponsored by Senator Patricia Jehlen and Representative Christine Canavan was passed by the Massachusetts legislature on July 30, 2014! This measure will create standards to improve the care of people with Alzheimer's who are admitted to an acute care setting or emergency department.  Get a copy of the bill  (current as of June 30, 2014).

 Uniform Adult Guardianship Guidelines
Sponsor: Rep. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) and championed by Senators Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham).

     PASSED BY LEGISLATURE     

This bill, S.2165, has also passed!

As we wait for Governor Deval Patrick's signature on these important bills, we want to thank the many advocates who called, visited and e-mailed their legislators to make these bills a reality.

Read more about these bills in this article.

 

 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 and Public Policy, 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