On February 25 the Alzheimer’s Association hosted our annual
Advocacy Day in Olympia. Advocates visited the offices of
all 147 legislators to talk about issues affecting those
touched by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
See how our
Powerful Voices Motivated Olympia.
Public Policy Town Halls & Seminars 2014
In August 2014, across Washington State and Northern Idaho,
the Alzheimer’s Association held Town Hall meetings and
Seminars to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy
priorities. These include the National Alzheimer’s Plan, the
Alzheimer’s Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices
for Better Health.
Our report found that eleven key issues emerged from public
input at the Town Halls:
The public lacks awareness.
Physicians have difficulties with diagnosis.
Dementia care is poor.
Pre-conceived ideas create challenges for those with
Caregivers and families are unprepared and overwhelmed.
The costs are unaffordable.
Care coordination is needed.
Secure respite care is needed along with solutions for
personal and public safety.
Alzheimer’s-related statistics are under-reported or
The Alzheimer’s community resources need to reflect more
More information is needed about non-medical therapies and
The Chapter’s* will use input on these issues gathered at
Town Halls to inform our work on the Washington State
Alzheimer’s Disease Plan.
Washington State Alzheimer’s Disease Plan
On March 27, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed Substitute
Senate Bill 6124, providing legislative authorization to
begin the important work of developing an Alzheimer’s
Disease Plan for Washington State.
Alzheimer’s disease is a public health epidemic, and a State
Alzheimer’s Disease Plan is a critical step in preparing
Washington State to meet the needs of the thousands of
Washingtonians who are and will be affected by this
progressive, fatal disease.
Under Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), a
diverse group has been selected for a working group to
develop the plan.
Bob LeRoy, Executive Director of the Western & Central
Washington, was selected as Chair of the subcommittee
dealing with long-term services and supports, and is joined
by 12 additional representatives of the Alzheimer’s
Association working in the 33 subcommittees.
The first of a series of public meetings of the working
group was held on September 4, 2014, at the Aging and
Long-Term Support administration Office in Lacey. Details
about this and future meetings may be found
Advocate for Dual Eligibles: Voices for Better Health
The purpose of this project is to advance care and establish
a strong voice for over 126,000 Washingtonians who are dual
eligible (“duals”)—individuals who qualify for both Medicare
Many duals are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related
dementia and tend to be poorer, sicker, and more dependent
on supportive services. In today’s fragmented health care
system, they are forced to navigate a complicated and
confusing maze of multiple doctors, medications, and
By leading a coalition of health advocacy organizations and
state agencies, the Chapters will help bring patients,
advocates, and providers together to improve the health of
duals in our state. Learn more about Voices for Better
Public Health Leaders Can Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease
The Chapters will introduce
The Healthy Brain Initiative:
The Public Health Road Map for State and National
Partnerships, 2013-2018, released by the Alzheimer’s
Association and Centers for Disease Control and Preventions
to the public health community in Washington State.
is a public health crisis and
can do. Visit the Center for Disease Control and Preventions
website for more information about
The Public Health Road
*Chapters: Our Public Policy work is a collaborative effort
with the two chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association serving
individuals and families in Washington State,
Northwest Chapter and
the Western & Central Washington State Chapter.
For more information on these issues, please contact: Peter Newbould,
Public Policy Coordinator
206.529.3867 | firstname.lastname@example.org