Alzheimer's Advocacy in

The Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area 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

National Capital Area Chapter State Policy

DC Dementia Services Coordinator

The Mayor’s budget includes $100,000 for a dementia assessment for the District and a contracted Dementia Services Coordinator for Fiscal Year 2020. We thank the Mayor Bowser for making dementia a priority. Persons with dementia need our help today and we need to be there for them as their needs change, so join us and tell the council to make this position a permanent part of DC government.
Purpose: To improve coordination among agencies in the care and support of individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Description
Dementia Services Coordinator is a permanent position within the Department of Health. The position shall:
  • coordinate dementia services within the District of Columbia;
  • coordinate implementation and updates of the Alzheimer’s State Plan;
  • assess and analyze dementia related data collected by the District of Columbia;
  • evaluate District of Columbia-funded dementia services; and
  • conduct other duties as assigned.

DC Council Testimony

On April 9, 2019 Dean Brenner testified before the DC Council Committee on Health Budget Oversight on the DC Department of Health, urging the creation and funding of a Dementia Services Coordinator and training for care providers. Read the testimony here.

The following resources are available to assist advocates in engaging with elected officials and other policy makers.

DC Subjective Cognitive Decline

Advocate Spotlight

Advocate Dean Brenner from DC's Ward 3 recently testified in front of the DC Council Committee on Health, sharing his personal connection to Alzheimer's and the need to strengthen the District's efforts to help residents impacted by the disease. 

Read his testimony here

Upcoming Events

  • District of Columbia Advocacy Day - Spring 2020. Join us and visit your Councilmembers to share your Alzheimer’s story and tell them why the District needs a permanent Dementia Services Coordinator.

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Chapter Contact(s)

Chapter Headquarters

8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 703.359.4440
Fax: 703.359.4441
Web: www.alz.org/nca