The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer advocate. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
Alzheimer advocates play an important role in improving the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families by working to improve dementia care and services; improve access to community-based care; improve quality care in residential settings; and expand funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.
As an advocate, you will:
- Receive regular updates about current legislative and public policy issues.
- Stay on top of policy and legislative issues through alerts and updates.
- Make calls or write to legislators to forward public policy priorities to improve quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s.
Advocacy Day at the Colorado State Capitol
Thursday, March 5, 2015
To RSVP call 800.272.3900
Public Policy Forum
March 23-25 2015
Chronic Care Collaborative
The Alzheimer’s Association is a member of the Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) a group of 24 Colorado-based non-profits who serve those in our state with chronic diseases. Their focus is to tighten the gaps in healthcare.
More than 63,000 Colorado residents are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. This number is projected to grow to 92,000 Coloradoans by the year 2025.
Improve Data on Alzheimer’s disease.
Much of the progress in Alzheimer’s research and treatment has occurred through improved data collection. All state health departments conduct an annual public health surveillance survey, known as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The Colorado Department of Health has now adopted a new module for its BRFSS survey which was developed by the Centers on Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This module is called the Cognitive Impairment Module, which asks about memory and cognitive abilities.
•We will work with the Department of Health to implement the new module.
•We will help develop a plan for dissemination of the data derived from the use of the module.
Organize & Participate in Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day
It is critical that we ensure that the issue of Alzheimer’s disease and it effect on individuals with the disease, their families, and the State of Colorado as a whole remains in the forefront of the Colorado Legislature’s agenda:
•We will reprise our success of 2014 in organizing ad participating in Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capital at which point we will educate our legislators on both the issues that must be addressed and the political support we have for our cause.
•We will ensure that as many of our advocacy network members as possible participate in person, or electronically, and that we provide information and materials to our legislators on the incidence of the Disease, its effect on Colorado citizens, and the progress we have made with the help of both the public and private sector.
•We will do this in conjunction with the Colorado Chronic Care Collaborative.
Increase the Amount of Caregiver Training
One of the recommendations of the Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council is to increase the amount of training available to caregivers of persons afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. We will:
•Collaborate with the new Colorado Council on Assisted Living to help implement its priority issue, which is to put into action enhanced training requirements for caregivers of Alzheimer’s victims who reside in Assisted Living Facilities.
Continue to Implement the Recommendations of the Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council
[Pursuant to the Colorado Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council Act]
In cooperation with the National Chapter of the Association, increased efforts will be made to increase public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease through local media outlets and other public awareness venues.
•We will work with all available individuals and entities to increase public awareness of the issues, to facilitate effective communication of the needs for early detection of the disease, and to reduce or eliminate any public stigma attached to the disease.
•A specific emphasis will be placed on statewide training for Law Enforcement and First responders.
Printable version of 2015 Colorado Public Policy Priorities.