Join the cause
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.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2016 Day on the Hill in Nashville and Montgomery! Please stay tuned for information on 2017 events!
A number of staff and advocates recently attended the 2016 Advocacy Forum in D.C. Thank you all for being a force in the fight to end Alzheimer's!
See photos from our advocacy events on Facebook!
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.
Advocates from Tennessee traveled to Nashville on Feb. 17 for the annual Day on the Hill. They spent the day meeting with representatives sharing their stories, sharing state and national statistics and asking for increased support and education in the fight to end Alzheimer's.
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 gathered an Alabama Alzheimer's Task Force for developing an Alabama Alzheimer's State Plan. Representatives from the Huntsville, AL office of the Mid South Chapter participated on the task force with these efforts. The plan was submitted in April 2015 to Governor Bentley. The plan addressed the following issues:
-assess the impact of Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias on Alabamians.
-examine the service delivery system including healthcare manpower and resources for those Alabamians with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.
-develop strategies to respond to the crisis caused by Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.
Thank you to all of the advocates who helped in the development of this plan. We will keep you updated on its status.
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.