Local Alzheimer’s Advocates Go to the Georgia Capitol

Alzheimer's Awareness Day

Yesterday, several Columbus area Alzheimer’s advocates joined other advocates from across the state at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta for Alzheimer’s Awareness Day. Advocates met with several legislatures to discuss the following issues and asks:

·       $350,000 for a State-Wide Public Awareness Campaign on Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias–to include risk factors, warning signs, and the need for an early, accurate diagnosis.  Requesting that funding be placed in the Georgia Department of Public Health’s budget, since Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis, and Public Health is expert on doing these types of campaigns.

·       Supporting the Georgia Council on Aging in asking for the creation of a study committee to explore creative solutions to helping seniors, including those living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, to live in the most appropriate setting for them based on their care needs rather than on their financial status.

·       Supporting the Georgia Council on Aging request for $10 million for non-Medicaid Home and Community Based Services–to provide support services to keep individuals in their home longer prior to nursing home placement.

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