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The Alzheimer’s Association--Greater Pennsylvania Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer advocate. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.


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Share this information with your friends, family, and colleagues who are concerned about Alzheimer issues. To find out more about advocacy opportunities, please contact Leah Kithcart, Public Policy Coordinator, at 717-651-5020, ext. 124 or e-mail: leah.kithcart@alz.org.

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National Alzheimer's Project Act - Input Sessions

 


What is an advocate?

Alzheimer advocates play an important role in improving the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families by working to improve dementia care and services; improve access to community-based care; improve quality care in residential settings; and expand funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.

As an advocate, you will:

  • Receive regular updates about current legislative and public policy issues.
  • Stay on top of policy and legislative issues through alerts and updates.
  • Make calls or write to legislators to forward public policy priorities to improve quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s.


Pennsylvania Advocacy

Pennsylvania General Assembly - Find your senator and representative, search for bills from the current and prior legislative sessions, get directions to the Capitol building and much, much more!

House Bill 210  Sponsored by Representative Baker, this bill  amends Pennsylvania's Family Caregiver Support Act to increase the amount of monthly reimbursement for eligible caregivers in PA as well as increasing the home modification grant. This bill is currently on the House Tabled calendar!  Call your Representative today and ask them to MOVE HB 210! For more information, please contact leah.kithcart@alz.org. We need your stories about the importance of the PA Caregiver Support Program to make our case stronger!

Senate Bill 639 - Sponsored by Senator Ward, this bill is the companion bill to HB 210.  The language in SB 639 is the same as HB 210 and we look forward to both bills moving through the legislature.  SB 639 is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Call your Senator today and ask them to move SB 639!   

House Bill 1720 - Sponsored by Representative Tim Hennessey, this is our Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA). The Alzheimer's Association strongly supports the adoption of UAGPPJA in Pennsylvania and across the country.  Due to the impact of dementia on a person's ability to make decisions, individuals living with Alzheimer's disease may need the assistance of a legal guardian.  The process of appointing a guardian is handled in state courts.  Complications with appointing a legal guardian for an adult may arise when the guardian lives in a different state than the individual with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.  

If we adopt UAGPPJA, we make it easier for families across the country to help their loved ones state to state without the hassle of re-filing for guardianship.

The House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee is holding a public hearing on HB 1720 on September 28th  
 


Federal advocacy