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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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Share your Story at Memory Day 2016 

How can you be a more effective voice for your loved ones affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia? How can you help ensure that your state legislators support vital Alzheimer's programs and services that assist families in your community? How can YOU make a difference?

Join us for the 2016 Ohio Memory Day at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Wednesday, April 20th. Now in its 18th year, the Ohio Memory Day is one of the longest-running and successful Alzheimer's advocacy events in the nation. Memory Day offers participants the unique opportunity to meet other Alzheimer's advocates from across the state as well as share their personal stories and concerns related to Alzheimer's disease with their elected representatives and their staffers. In addition to the office visits, a luncheon program featuring prominent guest speakers will be held in the Statehouse Atrium at 11:30am.

An estimated 210,000 Ohioans are affected by Alzheimer's disease. Another 594,000 Ohioans serve as their caregivers. By participating in Memory Day, you not only speak for yourself but you speak on behalf of thousands dealing with similar challenges and life experiences.

To register for Memory Day, please call (800) 272-3900 or contact your local chapter for details. 

2016 Public Policy Priorities

State Priorities

  • Advocate to preserve and enhance state programs, which provide critical support to individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family caregivers. There are currently waiting lists for many aging programs. Moreover, a need for these programs to be accessible and consistent throughout the state is critical. 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, transportation, health insurance and counseling.
  • Partner with state agencies to implement standards for proper care delivery and training of all staff in healthcare and home and community-based settings to ensure delivery of quality person-centered dementia care. Focus areas for quality care should include understanding of the disease process; activities; safety and physical environment; nutrition; pain management; and end-of-life care. 
  • Collaborate with appropriate state agencies and stakeholders to further the continued development, implementation, expansion and sustainability 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).
  • Engage appropriate state agencies in the support of ongoing surveillance and data collection and potential outcomes on cognitive impairment and caregiving through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). When available, work to formulate a plan according to the findings of BRFSS that translates to better disease awareness and care for Ohioans impacted by dementia.
  • Support and engage in advocacy efforts 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. With Ohio ranking fifth among all states with highest Medicaid costs for people 65 years and older living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, and the growing number of Ohioans living with all stages of this disease, a looming public health crisis is emerging that requires planning and coordination by state government.
  • Continue to advocate and 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. 

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 www.alz.org/forum

 


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