Our Azura advocates, along with 200 others, attended the Alzheimer’s Association’s Wisconsin Advocacy Day, which took place at the state captiol building in Madison, Wisconsin this past Tuesday. This event offers the opportunity to share testaments, topics and legislation with local representatives and senators to benefit those with this disease as well as their caregivers. This year, the six key items advocated for included:
- Alzheimer’s Awareness Grant: Renewal of the $500,000 Alzheimer’s Awareness Grant to increase awareness of the disease and local community resources available.
- Statewide Expansion of the Dementia Care Specialist Program: Request to add 12 new Dementia Care Specialist positions in Wisconsin, as not all counties currently have a Dementia Care Specialist.
- Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Program: Request for an increase in the income cap thresholds for respite care to $60,000 and an additional $1.5 million annually to fund respite care under the program.
- Competency-Based Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training for Staff in Long-Term Care Facilities and In-Home Health Care: Request for a minimum of six hours of Alzheimer’s and dementia training for all care providers involved in the delivery of care of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia and an additional two hours of advanced training once every two years.
- Alzheimer’s Research Funding: Request to continue supporting and investing in Alzheimer’s research at the University of Wisconsin.
- Creation of a Permanent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Coordinator Position within the Department of Health Services (DHS): Request for creation of a role in DHS that is focused on and responsible for Wisconsin’s response to this growing public health crisis.
You can take action today and lend your voice to the advancement of these bills by emailing or calling your local representatives and senators. Simply visit https://legis.wisconsin.gov/about/visit and you can search for your representative and senator and how to contact their offices.
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