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Ohio Council of the Alzheimer's Association

The Ohio Council of the Alzheimer's Association is comprised of seven Association Chapters that serve the State of Ohio for the purpose of presenting and advancing public policy initiatives related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias at both the state and federal levels. Our mission is to provide a statewide advocacy voice to ensure that executive, legislative and judicial decisions meet the needs and represent the interests of Ohioans with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, their families and caregivers.


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What Will You Do to Honor the Family Caregiver in Your Life?

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease takes a toll – emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially.Family caregiver

Alzheimer’s disease affects men and women equally and knows no social or economic boundaries. Today, an estimated 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65.

 It is estimated that there are 15.7 million caregivers caring for someone with Alzheimer’s across the Nation. Alzheimer’s disease costs American society approximately $226 billion annually - taking into account everything from lost employee productivity to increased healthcare costs. Due to the physical and emotional toll of caregiving, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had $9.7 billion in additional healthcare costs of their own in 2014. Moreover, unlike most diseases, the financial and emotional impact of Alzheimer’s on the caregiver is nearly equal to that of the affected person, thus increasing its overall societal threat. 

To honor the many caregivers who may or may not receive thanks for their hard work, dedication, and love, November is National Family Caregivers Month

During National Family Caregivers Month, contact your state legislator and share what caregiving means to you. Tell them how important the Alzheimer’s Association is to you. Share with your legislator how much you appreciate their support for the recent increased funding in the state budget.

2015 Public Policy Priorities

State Priorities

  • Preserve and enhance state programs that provide critical support to individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family caregivers. There are currently waiting lists for many aging programs and the demand will be growing for such vital services such as respite, caregiver support, adult day, guardianship, elder protection, homecare, long-term care ombudsmen, nutrition assistance and health insurance counseling.
  • Collaborate with appropriate state agencies and stakeholders in the continued development, implementation and expansion of the Dementia Capable Ohio Plan. This plan will ensure that all of Ohio is aware, educated and meeting the needs of people living with dementia and will provide support for those who care for them.
  • Ensure that current Alzheimer’s Respite programs and services are adequately funded to accommodate the growing need of such programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association in Ohio through the Alzheimer’s Respite Line Item (490-414).
  • Collaborate with state agencies to implement standards for proper care delivery and training of all staff in residential, home and community based settings to ensure delivery of quality person-centered dementia care. Focus areas for quality care should include activities; safety and physical environment; nutrition; pain management; and end-of-life care. 
  • Engage Ohio partners in the support of ongoing surveillance and data collection on cognitive impairment and caregiving through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Collaborate with state agencies to ensure data results translate to better disease awareness and care for Ohioans impacted by dementia.
  • Advocate for the protection of Medicaid services or eligibility ensuring families and individuals with Alzheimer’s that needed services are available in the most appropriate setting. Medicaid provides health services, nursing home care and various home and community based services for individuals who meet program requirements. The growing number of Ohioans at all stages of Alzheimer’s and related dementias pose a looming public health crisis that requires planning and coordination by state government.
  • Continue to advocate/support federal public policy priorities as identified by the Association’s public policy office.

Federal Priorities

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing crisis for our families and the economy. The federal government must address the challenges the disease poses and take bold action to confront this epidemic now. Here’s more information on the Alzheimer’s Association’s federal priorities including implementing the National Alzheimer’s Plan and increasing access to diagnosis and care planning.

Event Updates

Memory Day 2015 a Huge Success

Memory Day 2015_Legislative VisitAlzheimer advocates from across Ohio made their voices heard during the 17th annual Ohio Memory Day at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Wednesday, April 15th. A record number of advocates (over 400) participated in the event, sponsored by the Ohio Council of the Alzheimer's Association.

Advocates attended the luncheon program where they heard remarks from Ohio Governor John Kasich, Ohio Department on Aging Director Dr. Bonnie Kantor-Burman, the Honorable Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, and advocate and caregiver Luanne Bole-Becker. Volunteer advocate Ginni Ragan received the 2015 Sharen Eckert Leadership in Advocacy Award.

Memory Day provides Alzheimer’s advocates from across the state the opportunity to meet with their legislators as well as fellow advocates in support of the Alzheimer’s Association advocacy mission. Ohioans called upon their Representatives and Senators to increase the Alzheimer’s respite funding line-item (490-414), to support future proposals for proper training in dementia care, and to support HB50. 

Save the date for Memory Day 2016 - Wednesday, April 20th. 

Record Attendance for the 27th Annual Advocacy Forum

The Alzheimer’s Association 27th Annual Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. attracted a record 1,000-plus attendees representing all 50 states. The three-day event, held March 23-25, included various panel discussions and presentations on public policy issues, a gala dinner and office visits with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Ohio’s delegation of over 50 advocates consisted of seasoned Ambassadors as well as advocates who were attending the Forum for the first time. The Ohio Council hosted an inaugural Ohio Advocate Gathering, which included a special research update from Dr. Gary Landreth (Director of the Alzheimer’s Research Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland).2015 Advocacy Forum_Ohio Delegation

Throughout the program, advocates heard from members of Congress as well as Dr. Richard Hodes (Director of the National Institutes on Aging) and keynote speaker Dr. David Satcher (Former U.S. Surgeon General). Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice, received the Association’s Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award during the National Alzheimer’s Dinner. Wolf Blitzer (CNN’s lead political anchor) served as the dinner’s emcee.

In addition to requesting a $300 million increase for Alzheimer’s research at NIH, the Association re-introduced the bipartisan Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act. The HOPE Act (S. 857/H.R. 1559) would ensure that Medicare beneficiaries newly-diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their families receive comprehensive care planning services.

For more on the Forum, visit


Now is the time to be a voice for those suffering with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. If Alzheimer's disease continues on its current path, it is estimated that up to 16 million Americans will have this disease by 2050. Being an advocate will keep you informed of current and upcoming legislation that is designed to help increase the awareness of Alzheimer's disease, make Alzheimer's a priority for research funding and help families through support and other resources as they journey through this devastating disease. Once you have registered as an advocate, you will receive periodic e-mails with updated information and action alerts. The action alerts will request you send an e-mail or letter to your legislator to ask for their support. It is important to supply your address information which allows us to connect you directly with your legislator. Please register To become an advocate.


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Central Ohio Chapter
Columbus, OH
Cleveland Area Chapter
Beachwood, OH
Greater Cincinnati Chapter
Cincinnati, OH
Greater East Ohio Chapter
Hudson, OH
Miami Valley Chapter
Dayton, OH
Northwest Ohio Chapter
Toledo, OH
West Virginia Chapter
Charleston, WV