By becoming an advocacy volunteer, you
can play a vital role in our efforts to strengthen federal, state and local policy
makers’ commitment to end this devastating disease.
Things Congressional Team members do include:
We ask volunteers for a 1 year commitment, and to plan on spending about 5 hours on advocacy. We train, support and work with you to help you be a great Advocacy Volunteer! We also
encourage those with the disease to participate. Individuals
in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease are among our most powerful,
influential advocates. A person who is living with Alzheimer's and chooses to
raise their voice against the disease not only sends a powerful message to
legislators at the state and federal level, but helps remove stigma and
negative assumptions associated with Alzheimer's disease.See what some of our advocates have to say about why they get involved:
There are a few ways you can get involved with us. Here’s how:
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, with costs set to skyrocket in the years ahead. Our Trajectory Report shows how a treatment by 2025 saves lives and dollars. For Medicare and Medicaid, treatments equal savings. In 2015 the total cost of Alzheimer’s will be $226 billion, including $150 billion to Medicare and Medicaid. Meanwhile, only 0.25% of this total has been committed to Alzheimer’s research, the only path to reducing this cost. The most recent facts and figures on the disease can be found here and the most recent facts on funding can be found here.
To achieve meaningful progress, states must tackle Alzheimer's not only as an aging issue, but also as a public health crisis. Alzheimer's disease is a pivotal public health battle,and state governments stand on the front line. The Alzheimer's Association calls on state policymakers to take bold action to confront this epidemic, focusing on four key priorities:
Facts and Figures
Data on Alzheimer's in your state and county
You can also estimate the number of people in your county with Alzheimer's by using the 2010 US Census data on the number of people in your county 65+. Start by selecting your state on the map, then select your county at the top left, then click Browse Data Sets at the top right, then select Demographic Profile. Scroll down to see the total number of residents 65+. Coupled with the fact that 1 in 9 Americans 65+ has Alzheimer’s, this will give you a rough estimate of the number of people with the disease in your county. There is also My Congressional District, which gives you access to view statistics covering age, employment, education, and much more.