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January 1, 2014

Legislative updates planned for Tifton, Albany

TIFTON —

The South Georgia Office of the Alzheimer’s Association will present two legislative updates in Tifton this month and one in Albany next month in preparation for Alzheimer’s Awareness and Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Atlanta Feb. 13.

The first scheduled program will be held at 4 p.m.  Jan. 9, at Leroy Rogers Senior Center, 315 Second St., during the monthly Tifton Alzheimer’s Support Group. 

Another program for those who miss the Jan. 9 meeting is set for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Jan. 21, also at Leroy Rogers.

The purpose of each program is to discuss pending legislative issues dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related elder care. For more information or to register, call 388-8219 or 1-800-272-3900. Those who wish to participate in Alzheimer’s Day at the Capitol may also register online at www.alz.org/georgia.

Those who wish to learn more about Alzheimer’s Day at the Capitol may stay after the update for Advocacy 101 training. This second half of each program is to help those who have not participated in Alzheimer’s Day in the past to know what to expect. This year, advocates may prepare signs and videos to take with them to share with legislators and other advocates across the state. 

South Georgia residents will join more than 300 statewide advocates for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders Thursday, Feb. 13, for Alzheimer's Day at the State Capitol in Atlanta, organized by the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. The South Georgia Regional Office is providing transportation from Leroy Rogers Senior Center and has room for more participants if they register by Feb. 8. 

Awareness Day participants will receive a VOICE T-shirt to wear, and lunch will be provided. There is no charge, but registration is required in order to plan meals and materials. 

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a photo with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on the steps inside the Capitol. Next, advocates will keep scheduled appointments with their elected senators and representatives and have lunch with the legislators in a reception hall. Alzheimer’s Day ends at 3:30 p.m. after a closing ceremony and candlelight tribute rally on the front steps of the Capitol. 

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