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
92,000 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 8th highest death 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. That is why we are working hard to support policies that serve families facing dementia in our state.
This year, we are asking legislators to continue funding the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Respite Program. This important program helps dementia caregivers take a break and take care of their own health, too! In 2018, the Alzheimer's Association helped secure $900,000 in continued funding for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Respite Program, and we are seeking the same amount this year. Learn more about the Alzheimer's Caregiver Respite Program and how to access it.
We are also asking legislators to fund a full-time Alzheimer’s Dementia Coordinator role at the new Department on Aging. Existing state law outlines responsibilities for such a role within the Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center, but this has never been funded apart from community grants. It's time to dedicate time and expertise to addressing Alzheimer's and dementia in our state!
We also applaud the General Assembly's passage of Senate Bill 205, which will add a responsibility to the Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center to promote early detection and diagnosis of dementia through educational initiatives to healthcare providers.
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.
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