Perhaps it’s March Madness that has my adrenaline on overdrive lately, or maybe it’s due to The Sequester that has begun wreaking havoc on our nation’s seniors and caregivers (And are we really surprised that a budget agreement wasn’t reached?).
Either way, I’m back on my advocacy soapbox to urge all Alzheimer’s caregivers in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois to consider attending the 2013 Illinois Action Summit on Wednesday, March 13.
Organized by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the summit aims to encourage Illinois legislators to grasp the urgency of prioritizing Alzheimer’s disease among the State’s policies. It will be a full day, and well worth it.
After a morning briefing on the Association’s policy priorities for 2013, you’ll learn about the messages that you, as advocates, will be taking to your legislators later in the day. You’ll be armed with successful advocacy tips and tools that the Association has developed over many years of experience.
After lunch, you’ll attend a meet-and-greet with Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon in her Springfield office. You’ll also have a chance to share your stories and concerns with Senators and Representatives throughout the afternoon.
The Association is über-organized regarding the logistics of this fantastic opportunity. Worried about getting to Springfield? Transportation to the Capitol will be arranged from multiple locations. The Association is requesting a small donation to cover the cost of lunch, snacks, transportation, and the advocacy materials you will receive.
I strongly urge you to consider lending your energy and your voice to this important event. To learn more or to register, click here or call Jen Belkov at 847-779-6957.
If it is difficult for you to leave home for a day due to your caregiving responsibilities, call the Association’s 24/7, toll-free Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 to find out about respite options in your area. The Association’s Helpline specialists are top notch, as is the rest of the organization.