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Alzheimer's Awareness Day to be observed at state Capitol

Posted: February 9, 2014 - 12:08am

Local Alzheimer’s advocates are ready to board a bus for Atlanta and they hope that others will join them in the Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol.

Local advocates will depart for a day trip to Atlanta on Thursday, Feb. 13. A chartered bus will take the group to the Georgia Capitol to speak to area representatives.

“Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States,” said Kathy Tuckey, programs director of the East Central Georgia Alzheimer’s Association, located in Evans. “It is the only disease in the top 10 causes of death that has no way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. Alzheimer’s is terminal – there are no survivors. Alzheimer’s Awareness day is an opportunity to show our legislators in Atlanta that we speak with one voice in asking them to make Alzheimer’s a priority and provide resources for the nearly 200,000 Georgians with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.”

Tuckey said there are several actions that they will ask local representatives to pass.

“Most states have a strategic plan to address cancer, diabetes or pandemic flu. We must be equally prepared for the projected increase in Alzheimer’s disease during the next 20 years,” she said. “Georgia must have a state plan to create the infrastructure and accountability necessary to confront the sweeping economic and social impact of the disease.

“Our purpose is tell our stories to our legislators and ask for their support,” she added.

There is no cost to go on the trip and a T-shirt, snacks and lunch are provided thanks to donors.

“This will be the seventh year for the Alzheimer’s Association advocacy day and the fifth year we have taken a bus as a group,” said Tuckey. “Over 300 Georgians from around the state attended last year.”

Registration for the Alzheimer’s Awareness/Advocacy Day at the Georgia State Capitol is required. An Advocacy Meet and Greet Training will be held at the group’s Evans office from 6-8 p.m. on Monday. The first hour of the training will be the basics of advocacy, with the second hour focusing on this year’s issues and what the group hopes to accomplish this year.

Registration can be made by calling (706) 860-4599.

Anyone with questions about Alzheimer’s or needing information should contact the Alzheimer’s Association’s toll-free Helpline at (800) 272-3900 or visit alz.org/georgia. Experts also take calls from people concerned with their own cognitive health.

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