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.
Anyone who cares about those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is encouraged to participate. A van or carpool will be provided depending on the number of participants coming from South Georgia.
“The South Georgia Region represents 35 counties in the fight against Alzheimer's disease,” said Bonnie Sayles, regional program director. “We need to show our legislators in Atlanta that we speak with one VOICE in asking them to fund research and provide resources for the nearly 200,000 Georgians with Alzheimer’s and related disorders.” She said 600 people in South Georgia have signed up as Alzheimer’s disease advocates just since July 2013.
To sign up online as an Alzheimer’s advocate and receive monthly e-mail updates, click http://act.alz.org/site/PageNavigator/GA_GA_action_center.html. Anyone with questions about Alzheimer’s disease or seeking information should contact the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 toll-free Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or visit alz.org.
Experts are available to take calls from individuals concerned with their own cognitive health, as well as from family members and friends who may be concerned about a loved one and are seeking resources.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.