On March 25th, 2015, more than 1,000 dedicated Alzheimer’s Advocates traveled to Washington D.C. taking the fight against Alzheimer’s to Capitol Hill at the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum. This year’s event was the largest to date with a record breaking number of advocates from all 50 states coming together to learn about Alzheimer’s policy priorities and visit with their elected officials.
The attending advocates took turns sharing information, including an ask for $300 million in additional funding for Alzheimer’s research at NIH, and support of the bipartisan Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act, which was introduced earlier that morning.
Many advocates ended their day attending a hearing convened by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, titled “The Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease: Are We on Track to a Treatment by 2025?” The hearing was filled to capacity to encourage additional funding for Alzheimer’s research, express concern over the rising cost of the disease to the nation and show their support of the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act.
The forum was a great success, to read more about this year’s forum visit
This year’s forum may have concluded, but you don’t have to wait to advocate!
The Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer advocate. Becoming an advocate is easy, Add your voice to ours and become an advocate today. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
– Educate yourself about the issues of Alzheimer’s at http://www.alz.org/Texas.
– Meet with your members of Congress locally to discuss legislative issues (visit http://www.alz.org/advocacy for the latest information on key pieces of legislation).
– Learn more about how you can join the fight as an advocate for the cause.