As I listen to birds singing outside my office window for the first time in what feels like an eternity, I am filled with hope for positive change and making things anew.
Perhaps this is why I think that 2014 is the best year yet for Alzheimer’s caregivers in Illinois to raise their voice at the Illinois Action Summit on Wednesday, April 2.
Organized by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the summit aims to advance the organization’s public policy priorities by continuing to cultivate strong relationships with State legislators. It will be a full day, and well worth every minute.
After a morning briefing on the Association’s policy priorities for 2014, you’ll learn about the messages that you, as advocates, will be taking to your legislators throughout the day. You’ll be armed with successful advocacy tips and tools that the Association has developed over many years of experience.
You’ll get a chance to use your new skills at a meet-and-greet hosted by Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon in her Springfield office. Here, you’ll have a chance to share your stories and concerns with Senators and Representatives in a welcoming atmosphere.
As always, the Association is über-organized regarding the logistics of this fantastic opportunity. Worried about getting to Springfield? Transportation to the Capitol from Chicago and Bloomington is available by bus, and carpooling will be available from several locations. The Association is requesting a small donation ($15 per person/$5 per student) to cover the cost of lunch, snacks, transportation, and the advocacy materials you will receive.
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 services and options in your area. The Association’s Helpline specialists are top notch, as is the rest of the organization.
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