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Advocacy Training offered to join us at the Virginia General Assembly in January, 2015

Have you ever encountered a problem getting care for your family member with dementia? Would you like to be a part of improving the quality of services received by persons with dementia? If so, become an advocate. Advocacy is the art of translating your experience into action by policymakers. This can be done in three easy steps.

First, seek out other people with a similar experience and join with them. Your voice combined with the voices of others will make your message stronger. 

Second, share your story. Policymakers need to hear from you. They need to understand the issue in a way that only you can describe.

Third, ask for change. If you do not ask for improvement, it will not happen.

The best place to start is with the Alzheimer’s Association’s next advocacy training is (insert date/time).  There you will receive training on how to be an effective advocate. Once you receive the training, we would like to invite you to join other trained advocates from across the state on January 22nd, 2015 for our Day on the Hill in Richmond. There you will have a chance to ask legislators for changes that improve the lives of people with dementia. If you are ready to take action, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association to sign up for the advocacy training. Together we can improve the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers.

Join us! 

Advocacy Traning for the Day on the Hill   - December 11, 2014 10:00am
Alzheimer's Association Charlottesville office
To register for the training or to find out more information, please email ephipps@alz.org or call her at (434) 97-6122, ext. 103

Walk to End Alzheimer's Volunteer Opportunities -

Walk would not be possible without the support of our fantastic volunteers! As a volunteer, we count on your invaluable contribution of time and energy to make the event a success. We have various needs for volunteers beginning at 6:30am until the end of each Walk.

If you are interested in volunteering on Walk day, please contact:

Charlottesville, Culpeper, Harrisonburg, Staunton Walks
- Mary Pat Hanson, mhanson@alz.org 434-973-6122, ext. 111

Lynchburg and Danville
- Jane Massie, jmassie@alz.org (434) 845-8540

Roanoke and Blacksburg
- Suzanne Cresswell, scresswell@alz.org (540) 345-7600


The Junior Committee

A new committee is being formed in the Charlottesville area to support and be advocates for the Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter. Spurred by the interest and hard work of fourth-year University of Virginia student Lisette Carbajal, the Junior Committee is now recruiting members in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.

"This committee offers a variety of opportunities to get involved including monthly meetings, fundraising events, ways to volunteer with the Chapter and a means to speak out in support of research and caregiver support,” said Carbajal. “Leadership positions are available, but of course we are looking for people who just want to be members of the committee too.”

The Committee held an organizational meeting in late February.

Contact Sue Friedman, Chapter President/CEO or call (434) 973-6122, ext.108

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