Alzheimer's Advocacy in

The Alzheimer's Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter is the largest group in advocating on behalf of those living with Alzheimer's disease.

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.

Become a part of our advocate community today.

Current Action Alerts

Policies

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

State Policy

More than 340,000 Texas residents are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.  This number is projected to grow to 460,000 in Texas by the year 2025. Given the sweeping economic, social, and psychological impact Alzheimer’s disease has on Texans, the state needs a proactive response to this issue. The Alzheimer’s Association will focus on the following priorities in Texas in 2016:

 

Update the State Alzheimer’s Disease Plan

The state of Texas needs to support dementia-capable programs for the growing number of people with the disease. Updating the current plan will prepare Texas to address a range of issues including: increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the public; encouraging early detection; better equipping health care professionals and others to deal with individuals with Alzheimer’s; and, meeting the needs of unpaid caregivers.

 

Improve Dementia Training

As persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress through the stages of their disease, they will grow to rely on a broad array of services, which may include interaction with first responders and law enforcement. We support dementia training standards that ensure first-responders are trained to  adequately recognize and assess symptoms of the disease.

 

Improve Adult Guardianship Jurisdiction 

Currently, the U.S. has more than 50 different adult guardianship systems, and no channel exists for courts in the state of Texas to communicate with courts in different states about adult guardianship issues. Uniform Adult Guardianship legislation enables courts in different states to communicate with each other about adult guardianship and determine the appropriate court to oversee the guardianship process. We will drive efforts to enact the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA).

 

Cultivate a Network of Advocates within Each Chapter District

With 150 state representative districts in Texas, and only 6 chapter offices, expanding the breadth of chapter advocacy through district networks is critical to achieve effective implementation of policy priorities. We support increasing constituent engagement by developing community members into active grassroots advocates within their districts so as to solidify the Alzheimer’s Association’s policy agenda­. ­­­­

 

For more information on these issues, please contact:

Melissa Miranda, J.D.                    (713) 314-1301
Texas State Affairs Lead               mmiranda@alz.org

Upcoming Events

  • Come Join us in Washigton, DC! The Alzheimer's Association will be storming the Hill from April 4th to the 6th. Come and advocate with your elected leaders on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association. Call John Harris at 713-314-1341 for more details.
  • Texas State Advocacy Day, Austin, TX - Early June...stay tuned for more details!

 

Notes & News...

The Alzheimer's Association - Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter needs your help! We are currently looking for an Advocacy Ambassador for the following local Congressman:

  • Congressman Gene Green (D-TX29)

If you currently reside in Congressman Greeen's district and would you like to help advocate on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association, please call John Harris, Staff Lead - Federal Public Policy at 713-314-1341 or email him at jharris@alz.org.

Chapter Contact(s)

Chapter Headquarters
Houston & Southeast Texas
6055 South Loop East
Houston, TX 77087-1005
Phone 713.314.1313