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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A new budget amendment in Virginia will establish a pilot program to provide dementia specific case management and plans of care for 100 participants at a cost of $300,000.
The Alzheimer’s Association states only 45% of people with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers report being told of their diagnosis. Further studies have found that primary care partners are often overwhelmed, ill-equipped, and under-resourced to provide comprehensive management or care coordination for individuals with dementia. Coordinated care programs using trained Dementia Case Managers embedded in the memory assessment clinics are desperately needed for successful dementia-specific care and would realize significant cost savings, decrease health care utilization, and improve health outcomes.
This pilot program would address these issues by focusing on critical areas such as:
Central and Western Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22901