Advocate

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Join the cause

The Alzheimer’s Association - North Central Texas 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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Events

Public Policy Forum
Alzheimer advocates from across the country gather annually at the Forum to learn about key policy priorities and meet with Members of Congress to discuss Alzheimer issues.  Learn about the 2011 event and plans for 2012 here.
When: April 22-24, 2012

Walk to End Alzheimer's
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research.  To learn more about our chapter's 8 walks in 2011, click here.

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.

The chapter recently produced a video and included ways our constituents can be active participants.  View the short video clip to learn more (the clip will open in a new window).

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.

 

Texas advocacy

Texas State MapThe Alzheimer's Association North Central Texas Chapter is currently working closely together with other Texas chapters to collaborate on state issues relevant to our constituent concerns.  As the 2011 legislative session has concluded, it is crucial that Texas' momentum in Alzheimer research be sustained and advanced.  Learn more about the Texas Alzheimer's Research Consortium, the Texas State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and how we can move the cause forward. 

Click here to view the latest statistics regarding the impact of Alzheimer's Disease in the state of Texas.

Federal advocacy

Chapter Advocates at 2011 Forum

North Central Texas Advocates in Washington DC imageThe 2011 Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum proved to be the largest in the event's 23-year history. More than 600 advocates from across the country gathered in Washington D.C. to learn, engage and inspire others in the fight against Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's Association advocates donned purple sashes for visits to Capitol Hill on the final day of the Forum. They met with elected officials and their staffs to ask for support of legislation to make Alzheimer's disease a national priority.

Advocates asked for support of two pieces of legislation:

  1. The Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act will improve care and outcomes for Americans living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers by improving access to diagnosis, providing care planning and ensuring medical record documentation.
  2. The Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act will require a federal commitment to Alzheimer’s disease research to advance breakthrough treatments for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Now is the time to join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families, and help persuade Congress to address those needs through legislative action. You, too, can become an Alzheimer advocate by clicking on the link on the left "Become an Advocate" or call Libby Connally at 325.672.2907.