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.
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:
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:
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 of the Mid South Chapter all travel to Montgomery to speak with our Alabama representatives on needs and concerns related to Alzheimer's diease. These annual trips are called our Day on the Hill and usually occur in February.
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 suppor 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.