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
More than 380,000 Texas residents are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. This number is projected to grow to 490,000 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 2018:
Update the State Alzheimer’s Disease Plan
Ths State of Texas needs to support dementia-capable programs for the growing number of people with the disease. We will work with the Texas Council on Alzheimer's and Related Diseases to update the Texas State Alzheimer's Plan and create a plan with deliverable and measureable outcomes. The State Plan should serve as a blueprint for 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.
Advance Cognitive Health as a Vital and Integral Component of Public Health
Evidence shows that there are ways to protcet brain health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Alzheimer's disease begins forming 10, 20, and even more years before symptoms emerge, thus there is a long window of opportunity to reduce risk of cognitive decline and possibly dementia. We will collaborate with Public Health departments across the state to incorporate messages on brain health, including how to reduce the risk of cognitive decline, in existing and relevant public health campaigns. Relevant campaigns include, but are not limited to: tobacco cessation programs, midlife hypertension, Diabetes and brain injury prevention.
Ensure Assisted Living Facilities are Properly Trained in Providing Alzheimer's Care
Those with Alzheimer's are high users of healthcare and long-term services. Among residents in assisted living facilities, 42% have Alzheimer's or another dementia. These individulas have care needs that often make care delivery challenging and more demanding. While reviews have shown that staff training programs to improve the quality of dementia care in nursing homes have positive benefits, staff are unlikely to receive adequate dementia training. We will work with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to ensure that those providing care to individuals with Alzheimer's are adequately trained in dementia care and that they exhibit the skills necessary to deal with the unique needs of those with Alzheimer's disease.
Improve Dementia Training among Law Enforcement
As persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias progress through the stages of the disease, they will grow to rely on a broad array of services, which may include interaction with first responders and law enforcement. Adequate training for first responders, particularly law enforcement, is vital to our state's safety. We will work with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) to see that law enforcement personnel recieve proper and adequate training in order to recognize and better assist individuals iwth Alzheimer's disease.
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:
Miranda, J.D. (713)
Texas State Affairs Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocates Charles and Connie Assiff, along with Alzheimer's Association staff members Delia Jervier and John Harris, meet with Congressman Brian Babin (R-TX36) in his Washington, DC office during the 2018 AIM Advocacy Forum held this past June.
The Alzheimer's Association - Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter needs your help! We are currently looking for Advocacy Team Mates for the following local Congressman:
No matter what district you live in, there is always a way to advocate on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association with your local elected leaders. All you have to do is call John Harris, Staff Lead - Federal Public Policy at 713-314-1341 or email him at email@example.com for more information.
If you are unsure of who your Congressman is go to www.House.gov for more information.
Houston & Southeast Texas
6055 South Loop East
Houston, TX 77087-1005