Advocate

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Join the Cause

The Alzheimer’s Association--Cleveland Area Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer advocate. The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level. 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.

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Memory Day 2014

Memory Day is the longest-running and successful Alzheimer’s advocacy event in Ohio and across the Nation. Memory Day offers participants the unique opportunity to meet other Alzheimer’s advocates from across Ohio as well as share their personal stories and concerns related to Alzheimer’s disease with their elected representatives.

This year, Memory Day will take place on Wednesday, April 2nd in our state capital of Columbus. Registration is now closed. For those of you who are unable to attend this year, please send a virtual message to your state legislators. 

What is an Advocate?

Anyone can be an advocate regardless of how much time you’re willing to give to the cause. Advocates are people with Alzheimer’s and related disorders, caregivers, friends, family members, and professionals who raise awareness and urge policymakers to support care and research. 

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 state and federal 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. You may also be asked to participate in a meeting or two with a legislator.

Ohio Advocacy

The Cleveland Area chapter is one of seven Ohio chapters of the Alzheimer's Association that participates in the Ohio Council. The Ohio Council of the Alzheimer’s Association works together to speak with one voice to meet the needs and represent the interests of Ohioans with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, their families and caregiversPlease visit the Ohio Council web page for current advocacy efforts.

Ohio Goals: 2014 Legislative Priorities

To address the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on Ohio, the Ohio Council of the Alzheimer’s Association will work to:

  • Preserve and enhance state programs that provide critical support to individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family caregivers.
  • Effectively collaborate with appropriate state agencies and stakeholders in the development and implementation of the Dementia Capable Ohio Plan. This plan will ensure that all of Ohio is aware and educated on the needs of people living with dementia and will provide support for those who care for them.
  • Ensure that current Alzheimer’s Respite programs and services are adequately funded to accommodate the growing need of such programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association in Ohio through the Alzheimer’s Respite Line Item (490-414).
  • Ensure that proper training in dementia care is provided to all individuals employed in the delivery of care in residential, home and adult day settings.
  • Support ongoing surveillance and data collection on cognitive impairment and caregiving through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
  • Advocate for the protection of Medicaid services or eligibility assuring families and individuals with Alzheimer’s that needed services are available in the most appropriate setting.
  • Continue to advocate/support federal public policy priorities as identified by the Association’s public policy office.

Federal Priorities

For more information, contact cleveland-advocacy@alz.org