Advocate for Change
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.
Memory Day 2015
Alzheimer 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.
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:
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 caregivers. Please 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:
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