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Public Policy Town Halls 2013

Speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families, and help persuade Congress to address those needs through legislative action. Town Hall Banner

Throughout August 2013 (click here for calendar) – across Washington State and northern Idaho, the Alzheimer's Association will hold town hall meetings to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy priorities, including the National Alzheimer's Plan, an Alzheimer's Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices for Better Health in Washington State, a new initiative to improve health care for “dual eligibles”, Washingtonians who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

MapEach town hall will include a panel reflecting the breadth and depth of the Alzheimer's experience. Community members, including those living with Alzheimer's or other dementias, their caregivers, representatives from the research, health, and long-term care communities as well as federal, state and local government are invited to come and share their thoughts.

The Alzheimer's Association's objective for the town halls is to educate the public, solicit input, and provide an opportunity for the public to interact with elected leaders. All public input will be recorded and used to inform the Association's work in advancing its public policy priorities to better meet the needs of the individuals, families, and communities it serves.

Town halls are scheduled for Bremerton, Everett, Issaquah, Lacey, Mount Vernon, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Sequim, Spokane, Vancouver, Yakima, and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Currently, Alzheimer's is the third leading cause of death among seniors in Washington State and the sixth nationally. More than 150,000 Washingtonians are living with Alzheimer's or other dementias, and over 350,000 family members and friends are providing approximately 368 million hours of unpaid care. In 2050, care for those with Alzheimer's disease will cost the country more than $1 trillion, creating an enormous strain on the health care system, families, and federal and state budgets.

If you have questions related to a town hall taking place in a community near you, please contact Ashley Studerus, Public Policy Coordinator, 206.529.3867, or at astuderus@alz.org.

Public Policy Town Halls calendar

Western & Central WA State Chapter

Inland Northwest Chapter

  • 8/21 Coeur D' Alene - Kootenai Health, 10 AM - 12 PM

  • 8/21 Spokane - Providence Adult Day Health, 3 PM - 5 PM

  • 8/22 Tri-Cities - Richland Public Library, 10 AM - 12 PM

If you have questions related to a town hall taking place in a community near you, please contact Ashley Studerus, Public Policy Coordinator, 206.529.3867, or at astuderus@alz.org.

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