Advocate

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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.

Act Now

Alzheimer's disease is the most expensive condition in the nation. 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. Despite these staggering figures, Alzheimer's will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion (in today's dollars) in 2050.

Coming on the heels of an unprecedented $122 million increase for Alzheimer's research, education, outreach and caregiver support in early 2014, Congress added an additional $25 million for research in the FY2015 budget. Still, a chronic underinvestment in Alzheimer's research persists.

Please thank your members of Congress for passing vital Alzheimer's legislation in 2014 and urge them to continue to support increased funding for Alzheimer's research.

 


News & Events

The Alzheimer's Association Montana Chapter hosted its first State Advocacy Day on Feb. 13, 2015

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Alongside more than a hundred advocates, the Montana Chapter hosted its first Advocacy Day at the state capitol to discuss Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on Montana. According to the Alzheimer's Association 2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures report, there are 18,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and 48,000 Alzheimer’s caregivers in Montana.  The number of Montanans with the disease is expected to be 27,000 by 2025. Click here to read more

Be sure to save the date for the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, March 23-25, 2015.
Click here to learn more.  
 

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.


Ambassadors
Alzheimer's Association Ambassadors work to make legislative change on Capitol Hill and implement federal advocacy activities at the community level. Their commitment helps bring us closer to realizing our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease. 

Ronalee Skees
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Skees serves as a liaison between the Alzheimer's Association and Congressman Ryan Zinke. She works at Immanuel Lutheran Communities in Kalispell, and she herself ran for office in HD7. Her husband Derek Skees served in the Montana House of Representatives in 2011, and they are both actively involved with the Flathead Republicans.

Joan Tooley
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Tooley serves as a liaison between the Alzheimer’s Association and Sen. Jon Tester. With an extensive media and communications background, she worked for two decades at The New Republic, the national magazine of current affairs, books and the arts. She currently is a partner at Tooley Communications, Inc. in Billings with her husband, Chuck, who is a former Billings mayor. Joan’s mother died of Alzheimer's, and Chuck’s father is currently battling the disease

Frank Vinton
Vinton serves as a liaison between the Alzheimer's Association and Congressman Steve Daines. Originally from Ringling, he currently lives in Hi-Line and is caregiver for his wife.

Montana advocacy

Learn more about Montana state policy priorities here.

Federal advocacy