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Advocacy

Alzheimer’s disease is a public health problem, and Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. has played an active role in ensuring that legislators on both the national and state levels pursue programs that will provide the assistance needed by our families.

ADVOCACY means, “giving voice.” You are invited to be a “voice” for the more than 22,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease in East Tennessee along with their care partners. While many have been silenced by this disease, their stories need to be told.

You can help – become an advocate and get involved.

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What is an advocate and why should I become an advocate?

Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. invites you to become an Alzheimer’s advocate.  Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.  Share your story and inspire others.

Alzheimer advocates play an important role in improving the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families by working to improve dementia care and services; improve access to community-based care; improve quality care in residential settings; and expand funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.

As an advocate, you will:

    • Receive regular updates about current legislative and public policy issues.
    • Stay on top of policy and legislative issues through alerts and updates.
    • Make calls or write to legislators to forward public policy priorities to improve quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Tennessee Day on the Hill
Legislative Day: Take your voice to Nashville with us!

Advocacy Legislative Day

Each spring, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. sends representatives to talk with our legislators in Nashville for “Alzheimer’s Day on the Hill”. This trip provides constituents the opportunity to share their stories and concerns about Alzheimer’s with their lawmakers. Join Alzheimer’s Advocates throughout Tennessee to be the VOICE for individuals who are unable to speak for themselves because of this horrible disease.

 Join us Tuesday, March 19, 2013!

    • Participants will travel to and from Nashville on a chartered bus for the day-long event.
    • During a brief Advocacy 101 session, volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about pending legislation and statewide issues that a volunteer committee has earmarked as Public Policy Priorities.
    • Snacks and lunch will be provided.
    • Team leaders arrange appointments and guide groups of volunteers to legislators’ offices, where volunteers share their personal stories with leaders they help elect and explain why families facing Alzheimer’s need their support.

Or Contact us for information on how you can be a part of Legislative Day.  


Tennessee Advocacy

As the primary advocate addressing Alzheimer’s related issues in the state of Tennessee, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. believes the ever-pressing needs of the Alzheimer’s community must be addressed and become a state priority. Executive Director Janice Wade-Whitehead has been a long-time leader and point person for statewide advocacy issues. We value relationships with elected leaders and policy makers and make an effort to create opportunities for dialogue to give voice to the Alzheimer’s community.


Federal Advocacy

Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. often engages Congressmen and their staff in activities to see first-hand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on their constituents here in East Tennessee and the Cumberlands.  Through learning about the experiences of families here in their hometowns, our federal leaders can better represent local interests in Washington, D.C.

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