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:
The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer's advocate. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
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Call to Action:
Alzheimer's Disease Response Strategy
Where We Stand Today - Human Services Appropriations Bill (SF 446)
Iowa's ALzheimers Disease Response Strategy language was placed in the Human Services Appropriations bill (SF 446). Along with the language, there was an appropriation of $140,000 to cover the costs of the legislation. Unfortunately, the Alzheimer's Disease Reponse Strategy was not placed in the final version of the conference committee and did not pass the legislative session. We are disappointed, but will bring the bill before the 2014 Legislature in January.
A new study just released by the New England Journal of Medicine reports that Alzheimer's disease is now the most expensive disease in the U.S., surpassing both cancer and heart disease, and the costs are expected to skyrocket. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it or even slow its progression and is the fifth leading cause of death in Iowa.
There are 69,000 Iowans with Alzheimer's disease and by 2025, the number will increase to 77,000. We need a structure in place to fight this disease and the Alzheimer's Disease Response Strategy is the first step to help thousands of Iowans suffering from Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
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For more information on Illinois public policy issues and updates, please visit the Greater Illinois Chapter Advocacy Page.
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National Alzheimer's Project