Join the cause
The Alzheimer’s Association Eastern Tennessee 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.
Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.
Alzheimer's disease is the most expensive condition in the nation. In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer's will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Despite these staggering figures, Alzheimer's will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion (in today's dollars) in 2050.
Coming on the heels of an unprecedented $122 million increase for Alzheimer's research, education, outreach and caregiver support in early 2014, Congress added an additional $25 million for research in the FY2015 budget. Still, a chronic underinvestment in Alzheimer's research persists.
Please thank your members of Congress for passing vital Alzheimer's legislation in 2014 and urge them to continue to support increased funding for Alzheimer's research.
The 2015 State Advocacy Day takes place in Nashville on Wednesday, February 25. See "Tennessee advocacy" section for more information.
The Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum takes place March 22-25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Click here for more details.
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.
Each year the Eastern Tennessee Chapter promotes advocacy through several avenues:
Walk to End Alzheimer's--Each of our walks hosts a public policy table and encourages walkers to sign up to become advocates.
Day on the Hill--Every year, staff and volunteers trek to Nashville to talk to our local representatives and discuss Alzheimer's and push our agenda for that year, whether it be to create a task force or advise them on the needs for more home-based care. This year's State Advocacy Day is on Feb. 25, 2015.
2014 Day on the Hill in Nashville
Pictured from left to right: Senator Becky Duncan Massey and Sunny Biden
Pictured from left to right: Angelia Jones, an Alzheimer's Association advocate, Representative Bob Ramsey and Sunny Biden.