The Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter is the largest group in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire advocating on behalf of those living with Alzheimer's and dementia.
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Conquering Alzheimer’s is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery, and we need your help to change the future of this devastating disease.
As an advocate, you will be invited to engage public officials and policymakers in a variety of ways, urging their support for critical Alzheimer's legislation and policy changes. Whether you prefer sending emails to legislators, posting updates to Facebook, or hosting events or even meeting with your elected officials, there are many ways you can make a difference as an Alzheimer's Association Advocate. Join our Advocacy Team here!
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Advocacy for the Dementia Community During COVID-19
We understand the devastating toll that this pandemic has had on those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia and their families. People living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia are at increased risk of having serious complications relating to COVID-19 due to their typical age and likelihood of coexisting conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are at higher risk of getting very sick from this virus.
These challenges are being strongly felt in long-term care settings. Nursing homes and assisted living communities are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, where 48% of nursing home residents are living with dementia, and 42% of residents in residential care facilities, including assisted living communities, have Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
Residents with dementia are particularly susceptible to COVID-19 due to their typical age, their significantly increased likelihood of coexisting chronic conditions, and the community nature of these settings.
The Alzheimer’s Association released important guidance
in spring 2020 urging policy makers to implement new policy solutions to address the drastic issues impacting nursing homes and assisted living communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we will continue to advocate for all those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia and their families.
State and Local Advocacy
We have been responding to the COVID-19 crisis directly on the state-level by advocating to policymakers and working with stakeholders to adopt the critical policy guidelines to enhance testing in community settings; implement necessary reporting; develop protocols to respond to a rise in cases; and ensure care communities have the necessary equipment (i.e. PPE).
Additionally, we continue to pursue our legislative platforms in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You can learn more about our legislative priorities at the links below:
If you have questions, concerns, or issues you would like to share, please reach out to us directly: email@example.com
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