The Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter will host an Advocacy Day at the state capitol on Tuesday, March 3 to discuss Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on Rhode Island. The Chapter is also seeking participants to register as advocates and help lobby for legislation related to the care, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the Alzheimer's Association 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures report, there are 23,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and 53,000 Alzheimer’s caregivers in Rhode Island. These numbers are expected to rise.
The Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Day will provide opportunities for advocates to meet face-to-face with their state elected officials. Advocates can share their personal stories with state policymakers of how Alzheimer’s has impacted their lives and discuss their needs for support and services.
The public will hear from elected officials about updates on legislative bills and proposals, as well as from caregivers sharing their personal experiences and concerns.
Opportunities are also available for vendors to set up tables inside the State House on Advocacy Day. For more information on reserving a table, contact Eric Creamer at email@example.com or call 859-2334.
To register as an advocate, visit www.communityresourcefinder.org/ResourceView/Index?id=1653745. To learn more about the local advocacy program, visit alz.org/ri or call 1-800-272-3900.