Speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's disease and their families, and help persuade elected officials to address those needs through legislative action.
Town hall meetings are scheduled in August in Washington and North Idaho to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy priorities, including the National Alzheimer’s Plan, the Alzheimer’s Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices for Better Health, a new initiative to improve health care for “dual eligible,” older and disabled Washingtonians who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. Community members, including those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, their caregivers, and elected officials and representatives from federal, state, and local government as well as the research, health and long-term care communities are invited to come, learn, and share their thoughts. Each town hall will include a panel reflecting the breadth and depth of the Alzheimer’s experience. The Alzheimer’s Association’s objective is to educate the public, solicit input, and provide an opportunity for the community to interact with elected leaders. All public input will be recorded and used to inform the Association’s work in advancing public policy priorities to better meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities as they cope with the devastating emotional and economic effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is the third leading cause of death in Washington and sixth nationally. More than 5 million Americans, including 100,000 Washingtonians, are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $214 billion in 2014, increasing to $1.2 trillion (in today’s dollars) by mid-century. Nearly one in three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia. 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
8/25 Tri-Cities - Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
8/26 East Wenatchee - Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington, 50 Simon St. SE, East Wenatchee, WA, 4 to 6 p.m.
- 8/26 Spokane - Gonzaga University School of Law, 721 N. Cincinnati St., Spokane, WA, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- 8/27 Coeur d'Alene - Kootenai Health, Health Resource Center, Room Fox 3, 2003 Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID, 7 to 9 p.m.
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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