Have you ever spoken up for something that mattered to you or someone else? If so, you have advocated for a cause.
The Alzheimer’s Association assembles a nationwide network of advocates to speak up for the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and their over 15 million caregivers so their needs are heard at all levels of government.
Thanks to these dedicated advocates, who make phone calls, write letters, send emails and visit elected officials year-round, we have achieved significant policy victories in recent years:
- In 2011, we helped pass the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, legislation which led to the creation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The first goal of the plan is to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025.
- Funding for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) more than doubled from FY2011 to FY2016, starting at $448 million and rising to $991 million. Research is critical to finding new treatments and eventually a cure for this devastating disease.
- In 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced its decision to pay for assessments and care planning for persons affected by Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments. As a result, people living with Alzheimer's will have access to care planning with a medical professional through Medicare for the first time.
The Association needs the voices of more advocates to keep fighting Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org/advocacy to:
- Sign up to be an advocate. You’ll receive timely alerts to take simple actions that move the cause forward at the national, state and local levels.
- Register for the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, the nation's premier Alzheimer's disease advocacy event, which will take place March 27-29. Join more than 1,000 advocates in Washington, D.C. to advocate for research, and care and support services.
Visit alzimpact.org to learn more about our sister organization, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(4) advocacy organization which works to make Alzheimer's disease a national priority.
There are many ways to speak up as an Alzheimer’s advocate. Join us now and use your voice!