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Join the cause

The Alzheimer’s Association--Greater Richmond 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.

Spread the Word!
Share this information with your friends, family, and colleagues who are concerned about Alzheimer issues. To find out more about advocacy opportunities, please contact Leah Kithcart, Public Policy Coordinator, at 717-651-5020, ext. 124 or e-mail:

Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.

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Join us for Walk to End Alzheimer's.     

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.

Virginia advocacy


National Alzheimer's Project Input Session
The National Alzheimer's Project was created in January 2011 when President Obama signed the National Alzheimer's Project Act into law, after unanimous passage in both the U.S. House and Senate. 

The National Alzheimer's Project requires creation of a national strategic plan to address the rapidly escalating Alzheimer's disease crisis, which will be annually reported to Congress.  NAPA will, for the first time, enable Congress as well as the American people to answer this simple question:  did we make satisfactory progress this past year in the fight against Alzheimer's?

If you have any questions, please contact the Greater Richmond Chapter at 967-2580.

Alzheimer's Advocacy

On March 25, 2015, more than 1,000 Alzheimer's Association Advocates from all across the country took to Capitol Hill to ask Congress for critical funding to fight Alzheimer's.

The Greater Richmond Chapter's advocates were, left to right in picture below, Alicia Miller, Lee Hilldrup, Sherry Peterson, Vivian Bagby, and Marie Kolendo.  We are grateful for their efforts and for the support of thousands of Central Virginians who advocate each and every day to help end Alzheimer's.


Alzheimer's Advocate Recognition

From its founding in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association has led the fight to make Alzheimer's disease a national priority.  During November, the Greater Richmond Chapter marks the awareness month by hosting an Alzheimer's Advocate Recognition Reception.  On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter held its 8th Annual Alzheimer's Advocate Recognition reception at the Virginia Historical Society.  The event was emceed by Easy 100.9 FM's Bill Bevins.  Advocacy is a major component of our mission and all of our advocates play an important role in improving the quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families.  Their combined voices provide hope and are a powerful tool for change.  This year's honorees included Robert B. Schaefer; Delegate Christopher K. Peace; and Seniors Guide.  To learn more about this year's honorees, please click here.


From Left:  Emcee Bill Bevins; Chapter CEO Sherry Peterson;
Robert Schaefer; Johnny Ross of Seniors Guide; Delegate
Christopher Peace




Federal advocacy