One of the most exciting public policy issues to arise relating to Alzheimer’s is happening at the Georgia State Capitol this year. Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford), pre-filed Senate Bill 14, to create and Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Task Force to create a state Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias plan. This plan would be similar to the National Plan published on May 15, 2012. Georgia is one of only 16 states who do not currently have a state plan.
The purpose of a Georgia State Plan is to:
- ensure that Georgia looks at the services and programs currently being offered to those with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, and their caregivers;
- look at where gaps in needed services and programs exist;
- look at state agencies, the private sector, non-profit organizations, voluntary health organizations, the faith-based community, and others, to see how Georgia can best leverage all of the resources to ensure that Georgia becomes a fully dementia-capable state.
How You Can Advocate for the Passage of Senate Bill 14?
There are two very specific actions you can take to advocate for passage of Senate Bill 14.
- CLICK HERE to complete an on-line copy of the Georgia State Plan Input form. If you’d prefer to receive a hard copy of the form on which to provide input, please call 1-800-272-3900 and ask for a copy of the Georgia State Plan Input Form.
- Join us for the Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. We have jointly planned with the Georgia Council on Aging to hold Awareness Day on the first day of their Senior Week at the Capitol. Their advocates will be joining us in advocating for Senate Bill 14.
There is no cost to register for/attend Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol—but, you must register in advance in order for us to have an accurate head count for lunch and t-shirts, and in order for us to schedule appointments with your legislators for you. Registration is limited, due to church Fire Code, to the first 400 people who register.CLICK HEREto register to attend our 2013 Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol.
At Awareness Day, we will visit with our state senators and representatives and advocate for passage of Senate Bill 14.
The tentative agenda for Awareness Day is:
8:30 – 9:30 AM Awareness Day Registration—Central Presbyterian Church (CPC)
9:00 AM Alzheimer’s Awareness Day Kickoff–CPC
10:00 AM—Tentative Full Group Photo with Governor–Time TBD based upon Governor’s Schedule—photo on South Wing Capitol Steps (Inside)
10:30 AM – 3:00 PM Appointments with legislators/calling legislators out of session/House or Senate Gallery when not in meetings– Capitol
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch with Legislators–advocates and legislators drop in for lunch at CPC as their schedules permit
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM State Plan Rally/Candlelight Rally–outside, Washington Street Side of Capitol
We will also be advocating to strengthen Georgia’s already Strong Adult Guardianship laws, and to ensure that there are no cuts to Alzheimer’s Respite Funding.
To equip you to speak with your legislator, and to enable you to develop confidence in discussing the issues, we are offering Awareness Day Training opportunities across the state, in each of our seven Chapter Regions: Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Macon, Savannah, and Tifton. For those unable to participate in a regional training, on-line webinars will be offered. To find a list of these training opportunities, please visit our website at www.alz.org/georgia.
We want every Georgian whose life has been touched by Alzheimer’s or a related dementia—either personally or professionally to have a VOICE in this plan, and to share your personal story with your legislator. Won’t you join us?