Advocate

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The Alzheimer’s Association--Mid South 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.

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Upcoming events

 

Due to inclement weather, our Tennessee Day on the Hill had to be postponed. We have rescheduled for April 8! 

We will be traveling to Nashville to meet face-to-face with our elected officials to advocate for increased care and support of Alzheimer's. Join advocates from across the state as we turn the Capitol purple and let our voice be heard.  Meals and transportation will be provided. For more information or to register click here or call 800.272.3900.

We look forward to seeing you! 

 

What is an advocate?

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; 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.



Tennessee advocacy 

In Tennessee the Mid South Chapter had quite the busy legislative session. On February 21, 2012 over 100 advocates visited Legislators and asked them to support HB312 Guidelines for coaches concerning handling of concussions. The bill requires the Department of Education to develop policies for coaches, student atheletes and their parents concerning the identification and handling of concussios and head injuries, and acknowledgment of receipt of such information.

We also discussed HB2928 Traumatic brain injury care homes which enacts the "Community-Based TBI Adult Care Home Act of 2012" for the regulation of certain traumatic brain injury care homes.

Lastly we were concerned over HJR581/HJR582 Urging Congress not to make reductions to Medicare or Social Security benefits which urges Congress to not make reductions in Medicare or Social Security benefits.

Each year the Mid South Chapter promotes advocacy through several avenues:


Walk to End Alzheimer's-- Our signature event is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. At each of our walks there is a public policy booth that encourages walkers to sign up to become advocates.

Day on the Hill--Every year staff and volunteers trek to Nashville to let our voices be heard. We have the opporunity to meet face-to-face with our local representatives to discuss Alzheimer's. This meeting allows us to discuss needs and concerns related to Alzheimer's as well as share what we would like to acheive to address these concerns for that year.

Alabama advocacy

Currently Alabama has gathered an Alabama Alzheimer's Task Force that is in the process of developing an Alabama Alzheimer's State Plan. Representatives from the Huntsville, AL office of the Mid South Chapter are participating on the task force with these efforts. The goal is to submit final recommendations to the Governor by 2015. 

In addition to participating on the task force, each year constituents from the North Alabama region take part in Day on the Hill; traveling to Montgomery to speak with our Alabama representatives on needs and concerns related to Alzheimer's diease. 

Throughout the year Alabama constituents are encouraged to sign-up as an advocate at each of our local events and online. These actions make a difference and propel our efforts to garner more legislative support that will lead the way to a world without Alzheimer's. 

Walk to End Alzheimer's--Our Huntsville, AL walk hosts a public policy table and encourages walkers to sign up to become advocates.

Thank you to all of the advocates who attended the Alabama Day on the Hill! We appreciate your support and efforts in the fight to end Alzheimer's! 

AL DOH Advocates

 

Federal advocacy