Day at the Hill 2013
The Alzheimer's Association provides leadership in the public policy arena with the goal of improving policies and programs affecting Iowans who live with Alzheimer's and their families. On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 advocates from across Iowa will convened at our State Capitol for the Alzheimer's Association 3rd Annual Day at the Hill. This event gave advocates a chance to join together and let policy makers know Alzheimer's disease priorities for Iowa are important to them. Many thanks to those who partipicated and continue to advocate for this cause.
The Alzheimer's Association provides leadership in the public policy arena with the goal of improving policies and programs affecting Iowans who live with Alzheimer's and thier families. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain and the most common form of dementia. Despite promising scientific advances, there is still no cure. The Alzheimer’s crisis is no longer emerging, it is here. With the first wave of Iowa’s baby boomers having reached age 65, Alzheimer’s impact on our state’s families, communities and businesses will be devastating. There are currently 69,000 residents in Iowa aged 65 and older battling Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In less than 15 years, this number is expected to increase and soar to 77,000 people in Iowa.
The Alzheimer’s Disease Response Strategy was delivered to the Iowa General Assembly on November 15, 2011. The strategy was established by a workgroup, in response to the Iowa General Assembly’s passage of House File 390. One of the guiding principles of the workgroup was to start building Iowa’s foundation to prepare for long-term investments and comprehensive supports for Alzheimer’s disease in the future. The strategy outlines the following six goals:
1. Develop the infrastructure necessary to support and fund Alzheimer’s activities
2. Address stigma with awareness and education
3. Provide immediate information and resources
4. Address workforce challenges specific to Alzheimer’s and dementia needs
5. Increase access to services most in need
6. Improve data collection on Alzheimer’s disease in Iowa
If you have further questions or if you would like more information about Day at the Hill or becoming an advocate, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1.800.272.3900.