Alzheimer's Advocacy in
Take Action! Become an Advocate
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.
Current Action Alerts
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
89,000 South Carolinians are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2025, that number is projected to grow to 120,000 South Carolinians with Alzheimer’s. In the meantime, our state has the highest mortality rate from Alzheimer's disease in the nation!
Given the sweeping economic and social impact of Alzheimer’s disease, South Carolina needs to be proactive in response to this issue. Election season is the perfect time to raise awareness by asking candidates how they will address Alzheimer's.
Primary season: Join us to #Ask4Alz on Twitter!
If you tweet, you can engage South Carolina's gubernatorial candidates by using the following sample tweets:
- SC taxpayers will spend $573 mil this year caring for those with Alzheimer’s thru Medicaid. What is your plan to address the Alzheimer’s crisis? #ENDALZ #SCGovRace #ALLcandidates
- SC has the highest mortality rate from Alzheimer’s in the nation. What is your plan to address this crisis? #SCGovRace #ALLcandidates #Ask4Alz #ENDALZ
- Today, 89k in SC are living with Alzheimer’s. How will you help SC caregivers? #SCGovRace #ALLcandidates #Ask4Alz #ENDALZ
- Alzheimer’s is devastating SC families and straining our economy. What is your plan to address this crisis? #SCGovRace #ALLcandidates #Ask4Alz #ENDALZ
Want to learn more about engaging candidates on this topic? Email Taylor Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the State House: 2018 Legislative Session
In 2018, the Alzheimer's Association helped secure $900,000 in continued funding for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Respite Program. This important program helps dementia caregivers take a break and take care of their own health, too! Learn more about the Alzheimer's Caregiver Respite Program and how to access it.
We also asked legislators to pass H 4802, a bill that would make Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) available throughout South Carolina. POST is a form of advance care planning that creates portable medical orders to document patients’ wishes regarding medical treatment, making those wishes clear and actionable in emergency situations and in medical settings. While POST did not pass this session, we will continue to advocate in support of its adoption.
Thank you to our advocates who were a part of our State House Day on April 11, 2018! View photos from the event.
Across the country, the Alzheimer's Association and its advocates are working diligently to speak up for those with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their caregivers. Click here to learn more about our nationwide state policy priorities.
SC State House Day
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Want to be involved year-round? Learn about our Alzheimer's Congressional Teams!
Volunteer to help with advocacy at a Walk to End Alzheimer's near you this fall!
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