Representatives of the Alzheimerâ€™s Association and other advocates of Alzheimerâ€™s patients will visit elected state officials in Olympia Feb. 9 to discuss support for people who are facing the disease.
The lobbying effort is connected to a statewide plan for addressing the personal and societal impact of Alzheimerâ€™s. The plan is led by the Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC), a group committed to preparing Washington for the growth of the dementia population. DAC leaders say priorities include a â€œroad mapâ€ to guide caregivers, education for care providers, and access to services and support.
Governor Jay Inslee has endorsed the importance of a plan to help families struggling with dementia.
â€œEvery part of our state is touched by dementia, including Alzheimerâ€™s disease,â€ Inslee said. â€œThe impact is felt by individuals and families who bear the greatest emotional and financial responsibility, by our employers and economy, by healthcare systems striving to meet complex needs, and by local communities and state resources.â€
According to the Alzheimerâ€™s Association, more than 100,000 Washingtonians are living with the disease and are receiving help from 300,000-plus caregivers.
The plan is led by the Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC), a group of partners committed to preparing Washington for the growth of the dementia population. Priorities for the DAC include creating a â€œroadmapâ€ to guide caregivers, education for providers and ensure greater access to services and support.
Private citizens can register to participate in the Alzheimerâ€™s advocacy day at the state capitol next at alz.org or 206-363-5500.
The Alzheimerâ€™s Association is the largest non-profit funder and supporter of Alzheimerâ€™s care, support and research.