Advocates speak for those who cannot at Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day 2.0
There was not a snowflake to be found on May 15 when advocates from throughout New York State visited their legislators at the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Day 2.0 in Albany. This annual gathering, coordinated by the Alzheimer’s Association, New York State Coalition, brings together New Yorkers in support of legislation to maintain and improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia statewide.
Advocacy Day was originally scheduled for mid-March, but a massive snowstorm not only canceled the event but forced the closure of state offices. With the state budget passed for the year, the event was a more intimate affair, which allowed for the discussion of legislation while laying the groundwork for the FY18 budget season.
Among the items discussed with state leaders were:
- Increasing support for the Alzheimer’s Community Assistance Program
- Improving access to assisted living services for low-income seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia
- Protecting New Yorkers with Alzheimer’s or other dementia from financial exploitation
Meetings were conducted with senators and members of the assembly. Individuals interested in learning more about being an Alzheimer’s advocate can contact the Alzheimer’s Association online.