As the number of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and any disability increases so will the need for Advocacy.
You can make a difference through advocacy. An advocate is a person who argues for, recommends, or supports a cause or policy. Advocacy is also about helping people find their voice.
There are three types of advocacy:
- Individual advocacy
- Systems advocacy
Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska is involved in all forms of advocacy.
“Advocacy is having someone to stand beside you if you think something is unfair or that someone is treating you badly and you would like to do something to change it.” —Advocacy for Inclusion
By meeting with congressional representatives or writing letters to legislators or testifying at a hearing during the legislative session in Juneau, advocates can speak up for the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, and urge legislators to take legislative action.
If you are interested in fighting this disease through legislative action, contact our office at 907-561-3313.
What’s at Stake?
Our primary message to legislators in 2022 is to ask them to include a cost of living increase to Older Americans Act programs in the state. There haven’t been adjustments in many, many years – while our costs as providers continue to climb. The result is fewer services even as our senior population grows. The programs are not only ones ARA provides, like the Family Caregiver and Senior In-Home (case management), but also congregate meals, home-delivered meals, transportation services and adult day programs. (Tweet this!)
Find Your Representative
You can find out who your legislative representatives are at openstates.org/find_your_legislator. After searching, clicking their name will display their telephone number and email address.
Call and Email Template
My name is ________, and I am an Alaska resident. I am calling to urge you to include a cost of living increase to Older Americans Act programs in the state and hope that you’ll support HB 308 and its companion, SB 216. There haven’t been adjustments in many, many years – resulting in fewer services even as our senior population grows.
Please support programs that assist family caregivers and in-home seniors including congregate meals, home-delivered meals, transportation services and adult day programs. I urge you to vote in support of these bills and to use your position to encourage your colleagues to do the same.