The 2014 Advocacy Forum was a great success!

Nearly 900 advocates have headed home from Washington, D.C., after a busy three days of working to compel members of Congress to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. Thank you to our dedicated advocates for influencing and changing policy in the fight against the disease.

See highlights and photos below, and mark your calendar to join us in our nation’s capital for the 2015 Advocacy Forum.

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Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum
March 23-25, 2015
Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Photos from the 2014 Advocacy Forum

Charlie Cook delivers the luncheon address, sharing tips to advocates as they prepare to visit the Hill. Mary Gerard, Alzheimer's Association Advocate of the Year Award winner, spoke to the power of the advocate's role. Terry Berry, National Early Stage Advisor, shares her story at the National Alzheimer's Dinner. Marshall Gelfand and his daughter Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns receive the Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award for their work in building The Judy Fund. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, inspires advocates with his dedication to finding a cure for Alzheimer's. Early-Stage Advisor Sandy Oltz and her husband Rod listen to the keynote address. CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley inspires advocates during her keynote address. An advocate thanks Candy Crowley for talking openly about her mother's Alzheimer's. Association President and CEO Harry Johns sits down with FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. Congressman Paul Tonko shakes hands with former National Early-Stage Advisor Ron Grant. Dr. Monica Parker talks about the importance of educating physicians about Alzheimer's. Forum Chair Scott Russell applauds during the Roll Call of the States. Jan McIntyre from Georgia speaks to attendees about her state's advocacy successes. Brandon Barkwell gives the crowd an update of Arizona advocacy activities.

Highlights from Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum


Faces of Alzheimer’s emerge on Capitol Hill
On April 9, spring arrived in Washington, D.C., bringing more than blooming cherry blossoms and blue skies to Capitol Hill — nearly 900 Alzheimer’s advocates met with lawmakers to encourage their support of legislation and funding critical to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.


NIH Director Collins among those honored at National Alzheimer's Dinner
At the National Alzheimer's Dinner April 8, advocates, members of Congress, scientists and leaders in the fight against Alzheimer's gathered to celebrate advances in the cause to end the disease. Honorees included Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, who received the Alzheimer's Association Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award.


CNN's Crowley shares personal story of her mother's Alzheimer's
Candy Crowley, CNN's award-winning chief political correspondent, delivered the 2014 Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum keynote address April 8 to a packed house of nearly 900 dedicated Alzheimer's advocates, kicking off the general session.

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