A call to action to inform the National Alzheimer's Plan
Input is needed from you and all those helping in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Whether you are an individual living with Alzheimer's, a family caregiver, medical provider, long-term care provider, researcher or other stakeholder or supporter - your voice is needed!
On Jan. 4, 2011, President Obama signed the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) into law. Upon its signing, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius pledged to create an "aggressive and coordinated national strategy" to confront the rapidly escalating Alzheimer's crisis.
There are three opportunities to participate right here in Maine. It's our turn to speak up about the everyday challenges and hardships of Alzheimer's this national strategy must address - and the opportunities it must seize. How do we see NAPA changing, improving, and providing help to millions across the country? You tell the decision makers from Washington D.C. what you think.
1. On August 4th at 8pm EST, the Alzheimer's Association will host its first ever Tele-Town Hall to gather feedback from people like you across the country. Please sign up here, and, on the night of the call, you'll receive an automated call from us inviting you to join.
2. Can't call in on the 4th? Participate online from anywhere at any time during the month of August via this web survey. Officials creating the National Alzheimer's Plan need to hear from people like you! The Alzheimer's Association will submit all comments received through this web site to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services so that they know what you want to see in a National Alzheimer's Plan.
3. Maine Chapter NAPA Public Input Session, Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland. Please join us for our state's culminating event! Your insights, opinions and suggestions matter. Let us know how our federal government can help families facing this devastating disease. Representatives from the Congressional offices of Maine's federal delegation have been invited, and we anticipate other state officials to attend as well. We hope to see you there. Refreshments will be provided. No cost to attend. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (not required, but appreciated).
You can learn more about NAPA and our national effort by going to www.alz.org/napa. This is an historic effort to create a comprehensive strategy to overcome the Alzheimer's disease crisis. Please make your voice heard! Together, we can make a difference to end Alzheimer's.