Advocate for Change

 2015 Advocacy Forum_Ohio Delegation

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 2015

Memory Day 2015_Legislative VisitAlzheimer advocates from across Ohio made their voices heard during the 17th annual Ohio Memory Day at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Wednesday, April 15th. A record number of advocates (over 400) participated in the event, sponsored by the Ohio Council of the Alzheimer's Association.

Advocates attended the luncheon program where they heard remarks from Ohio Governor John Kasich, Ohio Department on Aging Director Dr. Bonnie Kantor-Burman, the Honorable Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, and advocate and caregiver Luanne Bole-Becker. Volunteer advocate Ginni Ragan received the 2015 Sharen Eckert Leadership in Advocacy Award.

Memory Day provides Alzheimer’s advocates from across the state the opportunity to meet with their legislators as well as fellow advocates in support of the Alzheimer’s Association advocacy mission. Ohioans called upon their Representatives and Senators to increase the Alzheimer’s respite funding line-item (490-414), to support future proposals for proper training in dementia care, and to support HB50. 

Next year's Memory Day will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Save the date!

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. EndAlz_web

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: 2015 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.
  • Collaborate with appropriate state agencies and stakeholders in the continued development, implementation, and expansion of the Dementia Capable Ohio Plan. This plan will ensure that all of Ohio is aware, educated, and meeting 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).
  • Collaborate with state agencies to implement standards for proper care delivery and training of all staff in residential, home and community based settings to ensure delivery of quality person-centered dementia care.
  • Engage Ohio partners in the support of 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 ensuring 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