On March 11 and 12, advocates from across Wisconsin have converged on Madison to help pass legislation that will assist those with memory loss in our community. Out of RESPECT for those we serve, Azura Memory Care sent a contingent of Paula Gibson, Eve Montgomery, Connie Thimmig and Lisa Wiedholz to the Capital to speak for those in our family of care and for those in our communities. They are pictured above along with Robert, whose wife lives at Azura Memory Care of Sheboygan. At nearly 90 years old, this was Robert’s first time visiting the Capital, his first time speaking to legislator and his first time telling his story of being a caregiver for his wife and their journey of this disease.
They joined approximately 100 others in asking for increased funding for the expansion of Family Care into those counties who are not yet served, such as Brown County where over 1,200 people sit on waiting lists rather than in homes like Azura Memory Care. They marched on Madison for the expansion of funds to make Wisconsin a Dementia Capable state by providing better access to education, increase in the need for early detection and connections to crisis teams specially trained to assist those with advanced behavioral expressions. Azura also trumpeted the initiative to have a Silver Alert added that will notify police departments, media, businesses and the public when a vulnerable adult goes missing. As every 6 out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s will wander. the Silver Alert program is necessary in Wisconsin as there are 30 states who are successfully utilizing this program.
Paula Gibson had the opportunity to speak at the public hearing of the Judiciary Committee asking to move the Silver Alert Assembly Bill 710 to the floor of the Senate. While the hearing went well, the Senate is in the process of wrapping up and if Bill 710 is not heard within the next few days it will be tabled and have to start from scratch.
We need your help today. Take a moment to join Azura’s advocacy efforts. Call Senator Glenn Grothman, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, at 608-266-7513 and ask him to move the Bill out of Committee. Call Majority Leader, Senator Scott Fitzgerald, at 608-266-5660 and ask him to move for a vote on the Bill this session. Also, write your Senator and ask them to “Vote and Pass Bill 710 – Silver Alert”. Follow this link to find your Senator’s contact information. Simply type in your home address, city, zip code and click on their email address – instant advocacy at your fingertips and it only takes a second!
In addition, please share this blog with your friends, neighbors and family. Together we will help transform the culture of care and ensure the safety of those with memory loss in Wisconsin!