The Texas Alzheimer's Advocacy Academy is open to all volunteer public policy advocates: Ambassadors, Alzheimer’s Congressional Team members, and Alzheimer’s State Champions.
- Join your peers for regular networking.
-Share best practices.
-Build knowledge and skills.
The Academy welcomes all Texas advocates and their guests to our virtual monthly trainings. This is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to public policy, while also bolstering your advocacy skills and gaining insight from policy and advocacy leaders. Please stay tuned for our 2021 Academy dates and topics.
Preserve Texas’ $1 Million Investment in Alzheimer’s Care & Support
During the 2019 legislative session, the Alzheimer’s Association and advocates secured a $1 million dollar appropriation over the biennium for the Department of State Health Services’ Alzheimer’s Disease Program. With budget cuts expected due to the pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on legislators to support a continued investment of $1 million over the biennium for Alzheimer’s care and support at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Prioritize Alzheimer’s Long Term Care Residents During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Individuals living with Alzheimer’s have high prevalence of conditions that are identified as potential risk factors for severe illness due to COVID-19. To best support individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia during the pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association has released a comprehensive set of long-term care policy recommendations. These recommendations focus on four areas: (1) testing, (2) reporting, (3) surge activation, and (4) providing support. They are designed to create a strong and decisive response to the COVID-19 crisis in all long-term care settings. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state policymakers to prioritize the health and safety of dementia residents in long-term care settings as they respond to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Require Dementia Training for Law Enforcement
Law enforcement officers frequently interact with individuals who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias in a variety of settings. Individuals with Alzheimer’s have unique needs, requiring additional support to keep them and others safe. Without adequate training, however, law enforcement officers may not know how to work with people in these situations — leading to more confusion and potentially hostile behaviors. Requiring education of the disease and training in de-escalation tactics can often effectively address situations and ensure the safety of individuals with dementia as well as the safety of the first responders. The Alzheimer’s Association is working with legislators to ensure all new law enforcement officers receive dementia training and dementia continuing education is provided to current officers.
Texas State Plan Overview
In March 2009, the Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders and the Texas Department of State Health Services Alzheimer's Disease Program formed a steering committee charged with developing the state's response to Alzheimer's disease. Working with a statewide partnership, representatives from the health care sector, community organizations, academia, state agencies, and businesses as well as families impacted by Alzheimer's drafted Putting the Pieces Together: A Comprehensive Plan for Addressing the Burden of Alzheimer's Disease in Texas 2010-2015. The plan was published in September 2010. As a result of Senate Bill 999 (2019), the Texas Department of State Health Services was required to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a new five-year state plan to address Alzheimer's disease. In Winter 2019, the Texas Department of State Health Services released the 2019-2023 State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease.
Texas State Advocacy Day
April 13, 2021
Join us for our 2021 Virtual State Advocacy Day! Although we physically won't be filling the Capitol halls with our purple sashes, we will join together virtually to share our Alzheimer's stories with state legislators and remind them that Alzheimer's must remain a priority in the state of Texas. Here is a preview of what you can expect during our 2021 State Advocacy Day. 4/13 Open to the Public 9:15 AM Opening Remarks 9:30 AM Celebrity Introduction and Mission Moment 9:45 AM State Policy Priorities Overview 10:30 AM Alzheimer’s Research in Texas 11:00 AM Closing Remarks Advocates Only 1 PM Key Legislative Meetings 4/14 Open to the Public: All Day Social Media Engagement & Legislative Follow-up