Speak Up for the Needs and Rights of People with Alzheimer's

Throughout August across King County, the Alzheimer's Association will hold town hall meetings to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy priorities. These include the National Alzheimer's Plan, an Alzheimer's Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices for Better Health, a new initiative to improve health care for "dual eligibles"—Washington residents who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Each meeting will include a panel reflecting the breadth and depth of the Alzheimer's experience. Community members —including those living with Alzheimer's or other dementias, their caregivers, and representatives from the research, health, and long-term care communities as well as federal, state and local government—are invited to come and share their thoughts.

The objective for the town halls is to educate the public, solicit input, and provide an opportunity for the public to interact with elected leaders. All public input will be recorded and used to inform the Association's work in advancing its public policy priorities to better meet the needs of the individuals, families, and communities it serves.

Town halls in King County include:

Currently, Alzheimer's is the third leading cause of death among seniors in Washington state and the sixth nationally. More than 150,000 Washingtonians are living with Alzheimer's or other dementias, and over 350,000 family members and friends are providing approximately 368 million hours of unpaid care. In 2050, care for those with Alzheimer's disease will cost the country more than $1 trillion, creating an enormous strain on the health care system, families, and federal and state budgets.

Come to a town hall meeting this month. Speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families, and help persuade Congress to address those needs through legislative action.

Contributor Keri Pollock directs communications for the Alzheimer's Association Western & Central Washington State Chapter, which has a mission to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information, call their 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900, e-mail InquiryWa@alz.org or visit www.alzwa.org.   

Alzheimer's Cafes Serve People with Memory Loss

Long popular in Europe, Alzheimer's Cafes have come to Seattle! These sites provide an outlet for people with memory loss and their care partners to socialize in a safe environment—good food and good fun, without any expectations.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (3:00–5:00 p.m.)

Village Eatery and Tea Company at Country Village
740 238th Street SE, Bothell
Sponsored by Northshore Health and Wellness Center (425-487-2441)

Columbia City Neighborhood
Second Thursday of each month (2:30–4:00 p.m.)

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
4918 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle
Sponsored by Full Life Care (Doug Harkness, 206-224-3757)

Greenwood Neighborhood
Second Tuesday of each month (3:30–5:00 p.m.)

Ampersand Pantry & Café
424 North 85th Street, Seattle
Sponsored by the Greenwood Senior Center (Carin Mack, 206-297-0875)

You do not need a reservation, and the only cost is the food and beverage you order.