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The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter is the largest group in advocating on behalf of those living with Alzheimer's disease.

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Conquering Alzheimer’s is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery, and we need your help to change the future of this devastating disease.

As an advocate, you will be invited to engage public officials and policymakers in a variety of ways, urging their support for critical Alzheimer's legislation and policy changes. Whether you prefer sending emails to legislators, posting updates to Facebook, or 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.

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Federal Policy

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that cannot be ignored by federal policymakers. Our goal is to see that the federal government takes bold action now to confront this growing crisis. Urge your elected officials to enact public policies that provide better health and long-term coverage to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care for the millions of people who face this disease every day. Learn more

Iowa Policy

2017 Day at The Hill

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March 9, 2017
Iowa State Capitol
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
RSVP TO ATTEND 

The Alzheimer’s Association Day at the Hill will provide opportunities for advocates to learn more about our current state priorities, the legislative process and how to they can engage with elected officials to improve the lives of Iowans with dementia and the loved ones that care for them. We will then spend time meeting legislators in the afternoon and telling our personal stories with the goal of raising awareness and moving our state policy priorities forward.

Those participating are asked to wear PURPLE!

Join us.  Let YOUR Voice Be Heard!

The event is FREE but RSVP is requested by clicking the link below. Lunch will be provided.  If you have dietary needs, please contact Cindy Stanbro (cstanbro@alz.org) BEFORE February 27, so we can accomodate those.  The week of February 27, you will receive an email from Brandon Geib (bcgeib@alz.org) with additional details regarding the day.

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Agenda at a Glance

9-10 a.m.

Advocates Arrive / Check-in

2nd Floor Rotunda

10 a.m.

Kick-off

2nd Floor Rotunda

10:30 a.m.

Choice of Activities:

  • Tour of Capitol
  • Training for first time attendees
  • Meetings with Legislators

Varies

11:30 a.m.

Lunch:

  • Advocate of the Year Award
  • Recognize Legislators

Room TBD

Noon

Panel Discussion:

  • Long Term Care Ombudsman
  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Department of Transportation
  • Alzheimer's Association

Room TBD

1 p.m.

Choice of Activities:

  • Tour of Capitol
  • Meetings with Legislators
  • Report Results of Meetings

Varies


>Coming Soon! 2017 Iowa Day at the Hill Flyer

Iowa Priorities

More than 63,000 Iowa residents are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. This number is projected to grow to 73,000 in Iowa by the year 2050. Given the sweeping economic, social, and psychological impact Alzheimer’s disease has on Iowans, the state needs a proactive response to this issue.

Priority 1:  Provide financial relief to family caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s disease

Nationally, the cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to be $226 billion and is expected to increase to $1.1 trillion by 2050. In Iowa, caregivers of people with dementia provide 152 million hours of unpaid care valued at $1.8 billion. Eighty-five percent of unpaid caregivers are family members, such as a spouse, adult children or grandchildren. Many caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s reported making major changes to their work hours or quitting their job entirely.

  • Key Action: Create an income tax credit that would help to ease the extra financial burden on family caregivers.
Priority 2:  Secure respite and operational funding for the Health and Resilience Outreach (HERO) Project

The HERO Project is an Iowa based, volunteer driven, family caregiver support and resilience program created in early 2015. Since its inception, the HERO Project has provided telephone support and respite scholarships for over 100 people and has been statistically shown to help family caregivers remain resilient by helping to maintain their stress level and by reducing the overall hospitalization rate of both the caregiver and the person with dementia. Ultimately, by supporting caregiver resilience, the HERO Project is actively working to ease the emotional burden that is placed on a family caregiver and increase their overall health and ability to care for their loved one in their own home.

  • Key Action: Create a legislative appropriation to grow and sustain the HERO Project, allowing for the volunteer capacity to be expanded to better meet the caregiver support needs and for the respite scholarships to be granted to caregivers statewide.
Priority 3:  Support the legislative initiatives of other organizations that closely align with the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission

As Iowa’s population ages, more and more organizations are bringing new ideas to reinvigorate the healthcare landscape, many of which will directly benefit those people living with dementia and their caregivers. This is especially important given that many problems associated with aging are exacerbated for people living with dementia. As these organizations develop and debut their legislative priorities, the Alzheimer’s Association will support those that align closest to our mission and will have the largest effect on those that we serve.

  • Key Action: Identify and support aging initiatives that would benefit and serve those living with dementia and their caregivers, such as the AARP’s Care Act and others.

Illinois Policy

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Chapter Contact(s)

Chapter Headquarters
Greater Iowa
1730 28th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone 515.440.2722