Advocacy involves promoting the interests or cause of someone or a group of people. 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 – self-advocacy, individual advocacy and systems advocacy. Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska is involved in all forms of advocacy.
As the number of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and any disability increases so will the need for 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
Advocacy can take multiple forms. When people like parents, children, friends, family members or agencies speak out and advocate for vulnerable people this is termed informal advocacy. Formal advocacy more frequently involves organizations like ours that pay their staff to advocate for someone or for a group of individuals.
By meeting with congressional representatives or writing letters to legislators or testifying at a hearing during the legislative session in Juneau, our advocates 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.