Thursday, January 17, 2013

Federal Update

A (Task) Force in Congress
68 SecondsEvery 68 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s. So, every minute that passes without action from our elected leaders increases the devastating impact this disease has on families, caregivers and our nation. The arrival of the 113th U.S. Congress earlier this month brought a number of new faces to our nation’s capital, along with many familiar ones. And for many Americans, it brought a hope that members of Congress would avoid the partisan gridlock seen in previous years. Thankfully, the issue of fighting Alzheimer’s disease spans partisan lines.

The Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease is a clear example of bipartisanship and has been instrumental in raising awareness and securing funding for research. Led in the House by Co-Chairs Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME) and Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) in the Senate, the Task Force is working to bring the mounting Alzheimer's crisis to the forefront of the congressional agenda.
Please urge your Senator(s) to join the Task Force today.

25 years of making our VOICE heard
Since 1989, Alzheimer's advocates have gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum to urge elected officials to make Alzheimer's disease a national priority. These advocacy efforts have produced important results through the years, but there is much more to be done.

Join us in our nation's capital April 22-24, 2013, for the 25th Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum, the nation’s premier advocacy event. Online registration is now open!

Meet your Member of Congress!
Do you want to take the next step in moving our mission forward? Are you willing to speak out on Alzheimer’s issues? Take part in our District-Forum-District program.

Please join your fellow advocates and Alzheimer’s association staff as we begin our annual series of meetings with members of Congress. Initial meetings are being held in your local congressional district from January to March, with follow-up meetings in Washington D.C. to take place during the Advocacy Forum. A third meeting will be held during May and June back in congressional district offices.

These meetings are absolutely critical to ensuring our legislative priorities are acted upon quickly by this Congress. Contact your local chapter and get involved today.

1 comment:

Lucy said...

always encouragers me and keeps me strong reading other peoples blog posts and stories. never easy for anyone involved.