The Alzheimer’s Association 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.
On March 11th, the Alzheimer's Association chapters in Wisconsin hosted Alzheimer's Advocacy Day in Madison. This year's event was the largest to date, with 96 registered attendees from across the state! Aline Stone from the Alzheimer's Association national office in Washington, D.C. started the morning with a general information session. Later, Tom Hlavacek and Kim Kinner gave presentations on the State Dementia Redesign Plan, Bill SB 503 that would expand Family Care, and Bill AB 710 to approve a Silver Alert system in Wisconsin for missing adults at risk.
In the afternoon, this informed, empowered and passionate group headed to the Capitol, wearing purple Alzheimer's Association sashes, to meet with elected officials. There were 58 total meetings, and the results were fantastic. Our advocates received feedback indicating much support going forward for the Dementia Redesign, and growing support for the expansion of Family Care. The big win of the day however was the Silver Alert. On Tuesday, April 1, the Silver Alert Bill passed in both the Assembly and Senate with unanimous votes of YES.
A special thanks goes out to all our Advocates who made the trek to Madison, but also to those who let their voices be heard through e-mails, phone calls and letters to their elected officials.
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:
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