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The Alzheimer’s Association--Greater Pennsylvania Chapter 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.
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Share this information with your friends, family, and colleagues who are concerned about Alzheimer issues. To find out more about advocacy opportunities, please contact Leah Kithcart, Public Policy Coordinator, at 717-651-5020, ext. 124 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.
Alzheimer's & Related Disorders State Planning Committee
Let YOUR VOICE be heard! The Alzheimer's & Related Disorders State Planning Committee is holding a public input session on July 15th. The meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m. in the Rachel Carson State Office Building located at 400 Market Street, Harrisburg 17101 in the Harrisburg Auditorium on the 2nd Floor. Please see the agenda on the Department of Aging website. If you can attend the meeting, please register with Amy Comarnitsky at 717-425-5115.
Can't attend this meeting? That's Okay! Here's a list of other regional meetings that will be held throughout the state. All meetings will be held from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Leah Kithcart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 15 - Harrisburg - Rachel Carson Building, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
August 8 - State College - Center for Healthy Aging, 4th Floor, Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park, PA 16802
August 13 - Scranton - Penn State Worthington Gallagher Conference Center, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dunmore, PA 18512
August 15 - Philadelphia - University of Pennsylvania, Biomedical Research Building, 421 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104
September 16 - Clarion - Clarion Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Clarion, PA 16214
September 17 - Pittsburgh - University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union Building, 3959 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
If you cannot attend any of the sessions, please consider submitting an online form with comment. As always, thank you for all you to to help support our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease & related disorders.
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.
Pennsylvania General Assembly - Find your senator and representative, search for bills from the current and prior legislative sessions, get directions to the Capitol building and much, much more!
On February 7, 2013, Governor Tom Corbett signed an Executive Order establishing the Pennsylvania Alzheimer's & Related Disorders Planning Committee. The committee is charged with creating the infrastructure and accountability necessary to build dementia-capable programs for the growing number of individuals living with the disease in Pennsylvania. Through the Department of Aging the committee will provide a comprehensive state strategy to address needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and address a range of issues including: dementia capable support services for people at all stages of the disease; quantifying the number of individuals with Alzheimer’s in a state; quality of long-term care; Medicaid coverage of long-term care for those who cannot afford it; availability of diagnostic services; and safety of persons who wander. For more information on the committee, please visit the PA Department of Aging website. Thank you to State Representative Kathy Watson who led the charge on getting creating this committee through House Bill 2270 of 2012.
Pennsylvania Caregiver Support (Act 112) State Representative Matt Baker and Senator Kim Ward sponsored legislation to change the definition of "caregiver" to include caregivers who are not relatives or live outside of the home of the care recipient.
Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (Act 108) Due to the impact of dementia on a person’s ability to make decisions and in the absence of
other advanced directives, people with Alzheimer’s disease may need the
assistance of a guardian. Jurisdiction in adult guardianship cases often becomes
complicated because multiple states, each with its own adult guardianship
system, may have an interest in the case. Consequently, it may be unclear which
state court has jurisdiction to decide the guardianship issue.
In response to this common jurisdictional confusion, the Uniform Law
Commission developed the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings
Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA). The legislation establishes a uniform set of rules
for determining jurisdiction, and thus, simplifies the process for determining
jurisdiction between multiple states in adult guardianship cases. It also
establishes a framework that allows state court judges in different states to
communicate with each other about adult guardianship cases. Thank you Representative Tim Hennessey for sponsoring this important piece of legislation!