Washington State Advocacy And Public Policy
Help Us Make a Difference!
Join us at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum
April 7 – 9, 2014
It’s time to take
action against Alzheimer’s!
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disease is the third leading cause of death in
Washington State. Currently, more than 150,000
Washingtonians are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and
they are being looked after by over 350,000
caregivers – mostly unpaid family members. That’s over half a
million of us, our family members, friends and neighbors – and we
expect that number to triple by 2050.
PREPARE FOR THE AGE WAVE
Baby Boomers are aging. By 2030, 20 percent of Washington
State will be 65 and older. To prepare for the demographic
shift, the Chapters* and our partners in the health advocacy
community will support and inform the work of the Joint
Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability
Issues and advance the strategic priorities identified at
the Governor’s Aging Summit.
A STATE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE PLAN
Washington is one of only six states that haven’t begun work
on a plan. Our state needs to support dementia-capable
programs for the growing number of people with the disease.
The plan will prepare our state to address a range of issues
Improving the quality of the health care system in
serving people with Alzheimer’s.
Increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the
public; encouraging early detection.
Better equipping health care professionals and others to
deal with individuals with Alzheimer’s.
Meeting the needs of unpaid caregivers.
FOR DUAL ELIGIBLES: Voices for Better Health Washington
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 and
Medicaid. Duals—many of whom are living with Alzheimer’s
disease or a related dementia—tend to be poorer, sicker, and
heavily 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 programs.
The Chapters will work to shape Washington’s duals
demonstration project by leading a coalition of health
advocacy organizations collaborating with state agencies to
bring together patients, advocates, delivery systems, and
providers to improve the health of the growing number of
duals in our state. Learn more about Voices for Better
“THE PUBLIC HEALTH ROAD MAP”
Alzheimer’s Association and the Centers for Disease Control
and Preventions (CDC) recently released The Healthy
Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and
National Partnerships, 2013-2018. The Road Map, which
the Chapters will introduce to the public health community
in Washington State, includes 35 Action Items that state and
local public health officials and their partners can take to
promote cognitive functioning, address impairment and
Alzheimer’s disease, and help meet the needs of caregivers.
*Chapters: our public policy work is a collaborative effort
of the two chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association that
serve the individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s
and other dementias in Washington State: the
Inland Northwest Chapter and the
Western & Central
Washington State Chapter.
For more information on these issues, please
Ashley Studerus, Public Policy
Coordinator | 206.529.3867 |