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.
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
95,000 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 5th highest death rate from Alzheimer's disease in the nation! Get the facts.
Given the sweeping economic and social impact of Alzheimer’s disease, South Carolina needs to be proactive in response to this issue. That is why we are working hard to support policies that serve families facing dementia in our state.
2020 State Policy Priorities in South Carolina:
1) Support the Infrastructure Needed to Make South Carolina Dementia-Capable
Living with Alzheimer's and other dementias is a full-time struggle for the individuals and and family caregivers living with the disease. We need a full-time Dementia Coordinator housed within our state agency that will work to address their needs, especially since South Carolina’s Alzheimer’s population will grow from 95,000 to 120,000 by 2025. South Carolina law has already mandated that the Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center within the Department on Aging should educate healthcare providers on the importance of early detection and diagnosis, encourage innovative service delivery systems, inform public policy, and more -- but this important work has never been funded. It’s time to commit to fighting for those with an illness that affects 11% of the population aged 65+ and nearly half of those aged 85+.
2) Urge South Carolinians to "Take Brain Health to Heart"
Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key heart-healthy lifestyle habits. To educate the public on how to reduce the risk factors of cognitive decline, often a first symptom of dementia, we are requesting $250,000 for SC DHEC to conduct a statewide PSA campaign titled "Take Brain Health to Heart." Educating the public on how to reduce their risk of cognitive decline through healthier choices, such as regular exercise and a nutritious diet, will also help reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions, making South Carolina a healthier state overall.
3) Ensure Sustained Funding for Alzheimer's Caregiver Respite
95,000 South Carolinians have Alzheimer's, posing a unique challenge to some 318,000 family caregivers. Fortunately, South Carolina's Alzheimer's Caregiver Respite Program provides families with limited assistance to arrange temporary, paid care for a loved one with dementia. By using in-home care, adult day centers or other services, caregivers are able to take a break and support their mental and physical health. Learn more about the Alzheimer's Caregiver Respite Program and how to access it.
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. Learn more about our nationwide state policy priorities.
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