Join the cause
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.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease facing our nation today. In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer's will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. And while those numbers are high, they're expected to skyrocket to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
While Congress provided a much needed addition of $100 million in Alzheimer's research for fiscal year 2014, a chronic underinvestment in Alzheimer's research persists. For every $100 that the National Institutes of Health spends on Alzheimer's research, Medicare and Medicaid spend $26,500 caring for those with the disease. Smart investments in other diseases have shown great success and are paying off, both in terms of cost and lives saved.
Please call 1.800.687.3813 and urge Senator Tester to help address the staggering costs of Alzheimer's disease by supporting increased funding for Alzheimer’s research by $200 million in
fiscal year 2015.
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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.
At the Governor's Conference on Aging in May, Heidi Gibson, Alzheimer's Association Montana Chapter Executive Director, gave a presentation on forming an Alzheimer's State Plan in Montana. Click here to learn more.
During the 2014 Advocacy Forum in April, the Montana delegation visited with legislators at a Congressional Coffee. Pictured from left to right: Senator Jon Tester, Montana Chapter Executive Director Heidi Gibson, Alzheimer's Association Ambassador Joanie Tooley, Congressman Steve Daines and Senator John Walsh.