(COLE CAMP) Roberta Fischer of Cole Camp will participate in the 26th annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., April 7-9. Fischer will join more than 800 fellow advocates, people living with the disease and caregivers from across the nation to appeal to their members of Congress for action on Alzheimer’s disease. While on Capitol Hill, advocates will share their personal stories with legislators and request that adequate research funding be allocated for Alzheimer’s disease.
This is Fischer’s third trip to the Forum as part of the Greater Missouri Chapter delegation. For the past 15 years, she has been a member of her sister’s team at the Sedalia Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “She became involved with the Walk while she was a part-time caregiver for my husband,” said Linda Fisher. “After my husband lost his battle to Alzheimer’s, she took over my team’s fund-raising efforts. I would be lost without her.”
This year’s Advocacy Forum comes on the heels of an unprecedented $122 million in additional Alzheimer’s funding, the largest-ever increase for Alzheimer’s research and care programs, in the FY14 budget. The Alzheimer’s Association and its advocates look forward to working with Congress again this year to ensure Alzheimer’s funding continues to build toward the necessary levels to achieve the goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease – preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is poised to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. In 2013, 15.5 million friends and family members endured the significant emotional, physical and financial challenges of care-giving for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
For more about the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, visit www.alz.org/forum.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit alz.org.