Alzheimer's Advocacy 101
Whether you're comfortable sending emails to legislators, posting updates to Facebook, hosting events or even meeting in-person with your elected officials, there are many ways you can make a difference as an Alzheimer's Association Advocate. On this page you'll find a unique set of tools designed to educate you about our advocacy campaigns and help you in your efforts.
Advocate Handout - This document provides a quick visual description of the Alzheimer's crisis and the role of public policy in addressing this epidemic.
Collateral/Visual Aid - This document provides a graphical view of the need for Alzheimer's research funding. It is intended to be shown to elected officials during in-person meetings. View the "How-to" video for tips on using this document.
Facts & Reports - The Alzheimer's Association publishes an annual report called Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures which provide detailed information about this dreaded disease. Quick Facts and handy infographics are also available. Additionally, the Association has published Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease: How a Treatment by 2025 Saves Lives and Dollars which presents information about the current trajectory and economic impact of Alzheimer's disease
Federal Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease
Learn how Congress can dedicate the resources needed to accelerate the development of breakthrough treatments that would prevent, halt, or reverse the course of Alzheimer's, help the increasing number of families living with Alzheimer's and keep pace with Alzheimer's steadily mounting economic impact.
The Economics of Alzheimer's Disease
To help you better communicate with elected officials about the critical need for additional resources for Alzheimer's research, the Alzheimer's Association has developed a Legislator Handout emphasizing our key message, "Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in America, with costs set to skyrocket in the years ahead." The following video provides an overview of the issue.
Learn more about federal funding for Alzheimer's.
The HOPE for Alzheimer's Act
Another of our legislative priorities for the 114th Congress is the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act (S. 857/H.R. 1559). This legislation would ensure Medicare beneficiaries newly-diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their families receive comprehensive care planning services.
Palliative and Hospice Care
Nearly half of all people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are in hospice care at the time of their death. Less than half of surveyed nursing homes have some sort of palliative care program. For people with advanced dementia, such care – which focuses on managing and easing symptoms, reducing pain and stress, and increasing comfort – improves quality of life, controls costs, and enhances patient and family satisfaction.
About the Alzheimer's Association
Learn more about the mission of the Alzheimer's Association and how we are working to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, enhanced care and support for all affected, and our efforts to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures:
Familiarize yourself with the latest statistics on Alzheimer's disease.
Learn more important facts about Alzheimer's disease.