23 Feb Alzheimer’s Association State Advocacy Day – Montana
Alzheimer’s Association State Advocacy Day:
We had a great State Advocacy Day on February 17 in the Capitol Rotunda. Advocates from across Montana gathered to support our mission. With their help, we were able to share our personal stories and policy priorities with several Montana lawmakers. We also engaged on social media for our Week of Advocacy Action. Thank you, Advocates!
We had two priorities to discuss on Advocacy Day:
- House Bill 29
- Senate Bill 296
House Bill 29 ensures people living with Alzheimer’s are not involuntarily committed to the State Psychiatric Hospital. The State Hospital is not equipped to care for patients living with dementia, and those individuals require a more appropriate care setting.
Senate Bill 296, or the “Senior Care Facility Access and Stabilization Act”, will ensure that residential long-term care services are available close to home for Montana seniors. Seniors, especially those living with Alzheimer’s, are some of Montana’s most vulnerable. We must ensure adequate care is available and accessible to our aging population.
Advocates share their stories year-round to ensure Montanans living with dementia have the adequate care and support they need. If you would like to use your voice in the fight against Alzheimer’s, reach out to Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 215-2124