Speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families, and help persuade Congress to address those needs through legislative action.
Throughout August 2013 – across Washington and North Idaho, the Alzheimer's Association will hold town hall meetings to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy priorities, including the National Alzheimer's Plan, an Alzheimer's Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices for Better Health in Washington State, a new initiative to improve health care for “dual eligibles”, Washingtonians who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Each town hall will include a panel reflecting the breadth and depth of the Alzheimer's experience. Community members, including those living with Alzheimer's or other dementias, their caregivers, representatives from the research, health, and long-term care communities as well as federal, state and local government are invited to come and share their thoughts.
The Alzheimer's Association's objective for the town halls is to educate the public, solicit input, and provide an opportunity for the public to interact with elected leaders. All public input will be recorded and used to inform the Association's work in advancing its public policy priorities to better meet the needs of the individuals, families, and communities it serves.
In the Inland Northwest, town halls are scheduled for Spokane, Richland and Coeur d'Alene.
Currently, Alzheimer's is the third leading cause of death among seniors in Washington State and the sixth nationally. More than 150,000 Washingtonians are living with Alzheimer's or other dementias, and over 350,000 family members and friends are providing approximately 368 million hours of unpaid care. In 2050, care for those with Alzheimer's disease will cost the country more than $1 trillion, creating an enormous strain on the health care system, families, and federal and state budgets.
If you have questions related to a town hall taking place in a community near you, please contact Joel Loiacono, Inland Northwest Chapter executive director, 509.473.3390, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town Hall Calendar
8/21 Coeur d'Alene - Kootenai Health, Health Resource Center, Room Fox 3, 2003 Kootenai Health Way 10 AM - 12 Noon Click here to download flier.
8/22 Tri-Cities - Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA 10 AM - 12 PM Click here to download flier.
We need your help
Join the cause. As Alzheimer's disease threatens to bankrupt families, businesses and our healthcare system, scientists are coming closer to finding better treatments that could drastically alter the course of the disease. Now is the time to join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families, and help persuade Congress to address those needs through legislative action
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