Alzheimer’s Advocates Travel to Capitol Hill

By Maddison Rametta

On May 17, more than 700 advocates donned their purple sashes and returned to Capitol Hill to ensure that Alzheimer’s and all other dementia remain a priority, even after two years away. This year, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) Advocacy Forum focused on four priorities: continuing to make Alzheimer’s a national priority, increasing research funding, creating a better path to dementia care, and supporting equity in Alzheimer’s clinical trials.

On the first day of the AIM Advocacy Forum 2022, advocates met fellow advocates from across the nation to kick off the Forum and prepare for the next day at the Capitol.

Advocates Kelly Bone, Michele Hall, and Deb Jobe are all living with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Florida advocates John Cotugno and Usha Tewari.

The following day, advocates made their voices heard by meeting with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Thank you to all our advocates who attended this year’s AIM Advocacy Forum. Because of your dedication and hard work, the fight to #ENDALZ is stronger than ever.

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Alzheimer’s Ambassador Kristal Cooley, Jessika Eglin (Staffer to Congressman Al Lawson), Ryan Schiff and Regional Leader Angela McAuley visit Congressman Al Lawson’s office on Capitol Hill.

Congressman John Rutherford and Alzheimer’s Ambassador Sherri Walker.

Staff from Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ office meet with Ryan Schiff and Advocate Melanie Price.

Advocates meet with Senator Marco Rubio’s staff.

Natalie Hellmann from Representative Scott Franklin’s office meets with Alzheimer’s advocates David Sims and husband Ed Patterson.

Michele Hall, accompanied by Doug Hall and Jennifer Braisted, shakes hands with Senator Rick Scott.

Florida advocates Lauren Clark, Marta Junco-Ivern and Betsy Haddad head to the Capitol.

More shots of our advocates at AIM Advocacy Forum:

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you so much for representing all of the Florida patients still alive and long passed! I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by it!! It’s the most heart breaking thing we are confronted with at these times. No relief, no places that are affordable to place people! It all needs to be addressed! People deserve to live with dignity through all of it!!

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