Your voice is important!

19 Apr
As a former state legislator, I know the power your voice can have with important issues…  Please take the moment and share your concern via email or phone call to your Congress Representatives and Senators.Best, 

Margo

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$20 TrillionThis staggering number is the cost of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease during the next 40 years. By 2050, as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease, creating an enormous strain on families, the health care system and the federal budget.While the costs to our nation are high and continue to grow, this issue is about more than just dollars and cents. There are still widespread misconceptions about the disease and health care providers are unprepared to deal with individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their families.

To address these challenges, the federal government must take bold action to confront this epidemic. We call on Congress to increase the commitment to Alzheimer’s research, expand education efforts and support services, and improve access to diagnosis and care planning.

Tell Congress to support a smart and strategic National Alzheimer’s Plan backed by the resources necessary to make progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Putting Alzheimer’s on the Map

Next week more than 700 advocates from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress during the 2012 Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum. Speaking on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease in their local communities and congressional districts, these advocates will remind members of Congress and their staff of the pressing needs of the Alzheimer’s community.

They will ask members of Congress to support the development of  the National Alzheimer’s Plan through an increased commitment to Alzheimer’s research and expanded education and caregiver support services. They will let the administration know that the proposed $100 million for research funding in 2013 is sorely needed to accelerate the development of breakthrough treatments that may prevent, halt or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s.

The efforts of these advocates won’t end in D.C. Many have pledged to followup with their elected officials in the weeks and months ahead by attending town halls, public speaking events and in-person meetings. These visits are vital to our advocacy efforts. A handshake, a shared story and an impassioned request can make all the difference.

Best of all, you can join these advocates today!  Contact your member of Congress now. And reach out to your local Alzheimer’s Association staff for more information on how you can get involved in

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