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Calling All Caregivers…You’re Invited!

2017 Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum

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The Alzheimer’s Association will soon be opening registration for the 2017 Advocacy Forum, and we would like to invite you to join us. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Advocacy Forum is a unique opportunity for Alzheimer’s advocates from across the country to gather in Washington, D.C. to directly appeal to their members of Congress about Alzheimer’s disease. Caregivers, persons with the disease, and those that have lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s receive training and embark on Capitol Hill to tell their story and ask for policy change to support our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. In 2016, over 1,100 people from across the country (24 from Michigan) participated in this event.

Participants of past Forums have raved about this event as an empowering experience. After the Forum advocates feel charged up and ready to tell their story and make change happen. The helpless feeling that often accompanies Alzheimer’s for many is changed into a feeling of power and an opportunity to improve the lives of others.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Advocacy Forum is also highly impactful for Members of Congress. In our experience, legislators listen intently when their constituents travel to our nation’s capitol to speak with them.

Alzheimer’s is a triple threat, with soaring prevalence, lack of treatment and enormous costs that no one can afford. If we’re going to address this triple threat, action must be taken by all levels of the government. Attending the Advocacy Forum is one way to take action, and we’d love to have you join us!

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About the Alzheimer’s Association’s Advocacy Forum

The 2017 Alzheimer’s Association’s Advocacy Forum will take place March 27-29, 2017 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D. C. To register and for event details like schedule, location, travel, and more, visit http://www.alz.org/forum or contact Lindsay Brieschke at lbrieschke@alz.org

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Let Your Voice Be Heard!

As the Alzheimer’s Association, we advocate and give voice for those who can no longer speak for themselves. Your voice is the most powerful tool to fight this disease on Capital Hill.

In 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will spend about $5.4 billion on cancer research, nearly $3 billion on HIV/AIDS research; about $2 billion on cardiovascular disease research; and about $1 billion on diabetes research. Meanwhile, the NIH will spend just $566 million on Alzheimer’s research. We have made great strides in developing effective treatments for other chronic illnesses. Experts say Alzheimer’s disease will require a similar level of investment in order to help us find compelling interventions, and ultimately, a cure for this devastating disease.

 

 

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What can you do?

  • Educate yourself about the issues at http://www.alz.org.
  • Find and contact your local chapter at http://www.alz.org. The Greater Michigan Chapter’s website is http://www.alz.org/gmc. The Greater Michigan Chapter serves more than 60 counties in Michigan, including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Sanilac, and Huron.
  • Meet with your members of Congress locally to discuss legislative issues.

 

 

Be the catalyst that helps to propel us into a future without Alzheimer’s disease! Sign-up to become an advocate today!!

 

 

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