We will cast our votes for Congress and the Presidency a week from today. If you’re still trying to make up your mind about how to vote, remember to ask your candidates the following questions about where they stand on Alzheimer’s issues:
Congress required the creation of a National Alzheimer’s Plan.
It was a soggy morning in Sacramento, but more than 200 dedicated Alzheimer’s Association volunteer advocates still showed up in good spirits to the 2012 Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Among them: people with early stage Alzheimer’s, family caregivers, healthcare professionals and other Alzheimer’s champions.
Following a light breakfast and overview of the day, we were welcomed to the Capitol by Senator Tom Berryhill who thanked everyone for their work as volunteers.
“What you’re doing up here today is very important because education of these legislators in that building is so necessary.”
“We work for you and that can be a one sided relationship unless you make it otherwise and reach out to us on a regular basis,” she said. “That’s your responsibility as Californians. I have a job to do and you have a job to do to make us informed of issues that are important to you.
In November we will once again cast our ballots for President and Congress. What are the major policy issues that affect Alzheimer’s families? Following is a summary of legislation that needs to be on your Federal candidate’s agenda:
THE NATIONAL ALZHEIMER’S PLAN
Synopsis: The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), unanimously passed with full bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Obama, authorized the process currently underway to develop a national Alzheimer’s plan. The Department of Health and Human Services outlined its timetable for the development of the national Alzheimer’s plan with the first draft targeted for mid-February and a final plan unveiled in late spring. View the framework here:
But the courage Ms. Summitt displayed in opening up to the public, while saying that she’ll continue to coach as long as it makes sense, certainly strikes me as the “good.” One of my mantra’s is, after all public awareness! Visibility! Information! The very pleadings that were expressed during the recent NAPA listening session held in San Francisco on August 10th!
I thank these two celebrities for not hiding behind a veil. They and their loved ones are not afraid of speaking out. It’s about time! All of this helps us beat down the stigma we know is associated with Alzheimer’s.
It’s amazing what you learn when you listen as those who attended the NAPA Listening Session in San Francisco on August 10 can attest; in fact, there was some very eye-popping testimony!
No, NAPA does not refer to wine country, but rather the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, federal legislation that was signed into law in January, 2011. The federal Department of Health and Human Services is charged with its implementation and it’s encouraging that they are actively taking part in these sessions. After all, it’s the input from people who know what they are talking about who are best prepared to shape a National Alzheimer’s Plan: those living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, health care professionals and researchers.
The meeting was kicked off by Bill Fisher, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, Harry Johns, national CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Donold Moulds, from the Health and Human Services Agency. But the real VIPs were sitting in the audience, especially the many who spoke concisely and intelligently from the heart, with passion and inspiration.
View this personal message from the President about NAPA and give us your thoughts on what should be included in the National Alzheimer’s Plan at our listening session on Wednesday, August 10 in San Francisco! Register at napa.kintera.org/sf
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