This was my first trip to the Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum in Washington DC. There was a lot of activity, information and learning packed into 2 ½ days.
With over 1200 volunteers and staff to usher around a huge kudos goes out to the Alzheimer’s organization team and the Wardman Park Marriott for a flawless event!
Our goal was to make ourselves heard on Capitol Hill…and we did. On Tuesday it was hard to miss the Purple Palooza around capitol office buildings.
Volunteers from all 50 states arrived on the Hill for scheduled appointments with their senators and representatives to ask for support to co-sponsor Alzheimer’s legislation.
The message to the Hill was simple and clear. It’s a message the public needs to know also. So here we go…
Three new proposals were discussed. This sounds like a political proposal, but that’s what it is… news you can use!
Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act
Or BOLD (Senate bill 2076/House bill 4256)
- This bipartisan public-health bill will bring a level of change directly to those living with the disease and their caregivers.
- The investment would establish Alzheimer’s centers across the country to increase early detection and diagnosis, reduce risk and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.
- A savings to Medicare and Medicaid.
- Would also provide educational opportunities for doctors, nurses and caregivers so they’ll be ‘in front’ of this disease to enhance proper diagnosis.
- This is to be supported by state and local funding as well.
The next two proposals will be the next post!