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Washington State Advocacy Day 

On February 9, 2018, 98 advocates visited the office of all 147 Washington State Senators and Representatives. All participants received a briefing that morning on our priority issues, which was useful particularly for the many first time attendees.

UPDATE: We are thrilled to announce that the final Supplemental Operating Budget does include funding for dedicated agency staff to support the work of the Dementia Action Collaborative.

The Senate negotiators agreed to the House funding of $160,000 for four half-FTE staff, which is what we pushed for in Alzheimer's Advocacy Day visits. The legislation was approved by the Senate on March 7 and passage by the House will occur on March 8.

BACKGROUND: The House Supplemental Budget provides the funds we are seeking, $160,000 for four half-FTE dedicated staff to coordinate the work of the Dementia Action Collaborative. As in the recommendation from the Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging & Disability, these are to be placed at DSHS/Aging & Long Term Support Administration, DSHS/Developmental Disabilties Administration, the Health Csre Authority, and the Department of Health. The funding was proposed by Rep. Steve Tharinger and Sen. Karen Keiser. The House Appropriations Committee voted to approve Chairman Timm Ormsby's bill on Feb. 21.

LONG-TERM CARE TRUST ACT: Unfortunately our HB 2533 sponsors reluctantly pulled the bill from further consideration on Feb. 12 after being unable to come to agreement on amendments that would meet AARP’s new opposition to the bill. AARP, which had supported the legislation as our partner in Washingtonians for a Responsible Future for three years, sought several changes. These included making lesser-trained unpaid family caregivers eligible for compensation from one’s Trust account. The bill is dead for the year and will have to be reintroduced in January 2019. Follow the coalition's work at

2019: Plan to attend our next Advocacy Day in Olympia on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

Idaho Advocacy Day

The Greater Idaho State Chapter has announced its Advocacy Day as Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Advocate training will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Legislative visits will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Learn what is being done to make Idaho dementia capable, new advocacy skills, and network with fellow advocates as we take our message directly to our state legislators. Learn what is being done to make Idaho dementia capable, new advocacy skills and network with fellow advocates as we take our message directly to our state legislators. Review the Idaho State Alzheimer's Plan.

Join the cause

The Alzheimer’s Association 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.

Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.

What is an advocate?

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.

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