The Alzheimer's 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. We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. Add your voice to ours - become an advocate today!
Advocates are people with Alzheimer’s and related disorders, caregivers, friends, family members, and professionals who raise awareness and urge government to support research and care. Alzheimer's 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, increase access to community-based care, improve quality care in residential settings, and expand funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.
advocate (noun): A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
roundtable (noun): a form of academic discussion. Participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. Each person is given equal right to participate.
Advocate Roundtable meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month.
The Advocate Roundtable now has Action Groups which are small groups of dedicated people working on a specific goal. To learn more about the Action Groups and join, please click here.
Memory Day is the longest-running Alzheimer's advocacy event in the nation. Memory Day offers participants the unique opportunity to meet other Alzheimer's advocates from across Ohio to share their personal stories and concerns related to Alzheimer's disease with their state elected representatives and their staffers.
Memory Day 2015 was a great success in March. The seven Ohio chapters of the Alzheimer's Association had over 400 advocates attend. The Central Ohio chapter brought in their largest group yet of 80 advocates.
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. 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.
Here are some pictures from the event:
Speaker of the Ohio House, Cliff Rosenberger, addressing the crowd. He spoke about the importance of advocates and Alzheimer's awareness.
Our advocates had a great meeting with State Senator Kevin Bacon. He represents Franklin county in District 3.
Advocates Annie Kerregan and Gary Hurt met with State Senator Bob Peterson. Peterson represents District 17 which includes parts of Clinton, Highland, Fayette, Pickaway, Ross, Pike, Vinton, Jackson, Lawrence, and Gallia counties.
The Central Ohio chapter is one of seven Ohio chapters of the Alzheimer's Association that participates in the Ohio Council for advocacy. Please click here for additional information about The Ohio Council and for current advocacy efforts.
Our nation must have an effective blueprint and a serious financial investment in order to avert the Alzheimer's crisis. Policymakers must enact public policies aimed at preventing this disease as well as providing better health and long-term care coverage to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
The Central Ohio Chapter has an Ambassador and advocate volunteers identified for the following Congressional districts. We meet several times a year with your U. S. Representative. and do our best to keep them informed of critical issues needing their support. You are encouraged to join our Ambassador teams.
This past March, the Central Ohio chapter sent seven advocates to Washington D.C. to speak with their legislators. They had great meetings with Representatives Beatty, Tiberi, and Stivers, as well as with Senator Portman and Senator Brown. In addition to requesting a $300 million increase for Alzheimer’s research at NIH, the Association re-introduced the bipartisan Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act. The HOPE Act (S. 857/H.R. 1559) would ensure that Medicare beneficiaries newly-diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their families receive comprehensive care planning services.
Here are some pictures from their trip:
The advocates outside of Representative Steve Stivers' office.
The advocates were able to get a quick photo-op with Representative Joyce Beatty.
Advocates from across Ohio met with Senator Sherrod Brown's staff.
Ohio advocates who met with Senator Rob Portman.
Visiting Washington, DC?
Are you going to Washington, DC, for a vacation this year? Would you be interested in joining the fight against Alzheimer’s disease? If you have time while in Washington, DC, we can help arrange a meeting with your member of Congress. You will have the opportunity to discuss the legislative priorities of the Alzheimer’s Association and ask your member of Congress to make fighting Alzheimer’s disease a national priority!
If you are interested in meeting with your member of Congress or would like more information about our national advocacy efforts, please contact Jaimie Randall at email@example.com.