Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns with Alzheimer's advocate Ann Walters Tillery from Nebraska.
With the help of our generous donors and more than 500 advocacy ambassadors across the country, The Judy Fund is an unwavering force in the fight to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.
The disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is the most expensive in America. It affects everyone, and the number of cases is growing fast.
To scientists researching a cure, support from federal dollars is crucial. To families facing Alzheimer’s, legislative policies are needed to improve care for those with the disease and to expand options for the loved ones looking after them.
Voices advocating for these individuals are necessary in Washington, and The Judy Fund is making sure ours are heard.
How we’re making a difference:
The Judy Fund invested in the Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador Program when it started, and our supporters continuously fuel it. Thanks to our donors, the program has grown from a small pilot of 24 people in 2010 to an expanding network of more than 500 grassroots volunteers who maintain conversations with all 535 members of Congress year-round and influence federal policy.
The collaboration between The Judy Fund, our supporters and the Alzheimer’s Association advocacy ambassadors has led to these recent legislative achievements in Washington:
- Following a $289 million increase signed into law in March 2022, and added to current NIH spending, annual federal funding for Alzheimer’s research will be more than $3.4 billion.
- Federal law now gives individuals with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease access to services previously available only to older Americans. These include nutritional programs, respite for family caregivers, transportation, legal services and more.
- The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act in 2020. This important bill would require the Department of Justice to develop training materials to assist professionals supporting victims of abuse living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
- The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act is working to strengthen the public health infrastructure across the country by implementing effective Alzheimer's interventions focused on increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk, and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.
Help us make an even bigger impact on the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease.