2-3 p.m.


Education Session for Advocates Living with Dementia

Join a facilitated discussion on what it means to live a quality life with dementia. Members of the 2015 Alzheimer's Association National Early-Stage Advisory Group will kick off the discussion, and participants are encouraged to share how their diagnosis has impacted their sense of self, engagement in the community and focus for the future. This event is open to all advocates living with Alzheimer's or other dementias and their care partners.

3-4 p.m.

Marriott Salon 1/2

First-Timers Program

Can advocates at the Forum really move Washington? How can I be the most effective Alzheimer's advocate possible with my member of Congress back home? These are just some of the questions on the minds of many first-time Forum attendees. New attendees will learn from both veteran advocates and outside experts about how to deliver a powerful message and make an impact with elected officials. To help guide new attendees and build their advocacy skills, all first-time Advocacy Forum attendees are required to attend this session.

This session is for first-time Advocacy Forum attendees only.


  • John Funderburk Follow @fundy626

    John Funderburk is the Director of Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association where he manages the organization’s grassroots activities and national issue advocacy campaigns. He also serves as the Finance Director for the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement and its political action committee, AIMPAC.

  • Matthew Baumgart

    Matthew Baumgart is the Senior Director of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association. The work under his purview includes state government affairs, policy development, global policy efforts and public health, including the Healthy Brain Initiative project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Stephanie Vance Follow @AdvocacyGuru

    Stephanie Vance is a 25-year veteran of the Washington, D.C. political scene. Her experiences led her to found Advocacy Associates, a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations be both heard and agreed with in the legislative environment.

4:30-6 p.m.

Marriott Salon 1/2

Opening Program (Roll Call)

All Forum attendees will gather for our welcome program and celebration of the work everyone across the country is doing to advance our mission. The Roll Call of the States will follow the welcome and will highlight state policy accomplishments since last year's Forum.


  • Bob Marino

    A member at large of the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM) National Board, Bob Marino began volunteering at his local Alzheimer's Association chapter in 2000 after his mother passed away from Alzheimer's. In 2006, he was honored with the Association's Maureen Reagan Outstanding Advocate Award.

6:30-9 p.m.

Maryland Room

Young Advocates Networking Program

During this program, young advocates will have the opportunity to network with fellow young advocates from around the nation and discuss how best to engage their peers in the fight against Alzheimer's. Advocates ages 18 to 35 are invited to participate.

Dinner on your own

An evening for you to enjoy Washington, D.C. Dining information will be included in your on-site materials.

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Washington 1-6


8:30-9:30 a.m.

Marriott Salon 1/2

AIM General Session

You will not want to miss this session! Learn about the indispensable role that the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM) — thanks to the generous support of its members — has played in our historic Capitol Hill victories. Come meet the 2016 AIM Advocate of the Year, who has made Alzheimer's a breakthrough issue on the presidential campaign trail. You will also learn how AIM is continuing the work begun by the Alzheimer's Association to ensure the next president enters the White House prepared to make Alzheimer's a priority.

This session is open to Alzheimer's Impact Movement members only. You can join AIM at alzimpact.org/join through 10 p.m. on April 4 if you wish to attend this session.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Marriott Salon 1/2

General Session: Our Impact on Capitol Hill

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Federal Ask/Advocacy Training 1

It's time to turn Capitol Hill purple! During this interactive session, you'll receive an in-depth briefing on the Association's federal legislative priorities and how you can deliver an effective message to members of Congress and their staffs, both in Washington and back home. You'll also be trained on how to advance the Association's priorities on the Hill and spread awareness about Alzheimer's advocacy in your own community.

Your session location will be determined by state. Refer to the blue sheet in your registration bag.

12:30-2 p.m.

Marriott Salon 1/2

Lunch Program

  • Charlie Cook

    Charlie Cook, political analyst, commentator and publisher of The Cook Political Report, will discuss the political and legislative environment and provide analysis of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections.

2:30-4 p.m.

Federal Ask/Advocacy Training 2

A continuation of the interactive advocacy training on our policy priorities begun in the morning training session.

Your session location will be determined by state. Refer to the blue sheet in your registration bag.

4:30-5:30 p.m.

State Caucuses

In the most successful Capitol Hill meetings, everyone knows their role and is ready to jump in with the right contribution at the right time. That takes planning, and that's exactly what this session will teach you. Gather with others from your state to review tactics, receive your "leave behind" kits and coordinate your efforts. Association staff will be on hand to assist and answer questions.

Your state caucus location will be determined by state. Refer to the blue sheet in your registration bag.

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wilson AB

Private Reception for Advocates Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners

Join the Alzheimer's Association National Early-Stage Advisory Group as members celebrate the contributions of advocates living with dementia who are helping raise awareness, reduce stigma and advocate for the needs of individuals living with the disease. The group will also celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Advisory Group, which has brought the unique perspectives of those living with the disease to key efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.

Advocates living with dementia and their care partners are encouraged to attend and celebrate with peers from across the country as they prepare to join the fight on Capitol Hill.

6-7 p.m.

Marriott Foyer

Reception and National Alzheimer's Dinner


7:30-9:30 p.m.

Marriott Salon 1/2

National Alzheimer's Dinner

The National Alzheimer's Dinner honors public leaders working tirelessly against Alzheimer's disease. Those we pay tribute to stand shoulder to shoulder with all of us in advancing the cause. Political, business and entertainment leaders will join us to celebrate advances and significant milestones, and rally around this movement in our nation's capital.

7-8 a.m.

Marriott Salon 1/2

Breakfast and Closing Program

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Congressional Visits

It's time for your voice to be heard in Congress! This is your moment to put everything you've learned over the past two days into practice. Buses will begin departing from the hotel at 8 a.m. for Capitol Hill. Shuttle service will run between the hotel and Capitol Hill until 5 p.m.

Hospitality Suites

Hospitality suites on Capitol Hill and at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel provide additional convenience as you conduct your meetings on the Hill. Both locations will have facilities for you to complete your congressional meeting forms and share details of your meetings with policy staff and fellow advocates.

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

United Methodist Building
Conference Rooms 1 and 2

Capitol Hill

You may store your luggage at this location, but it must be claimed by 4 p.m.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Coolidge Room

Marriott Wardman

Please store your luggage with the hotel bell stand. Staff will not be responsible for luggage left in this room.

2:30 p.m.

Dirksen Senate Office Building
Room 106

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing

  • David Hyde Pierce

    Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce will testify at a hearing entitled "Finding a Cure: Assessing Progress Toward the Goal of Ending Alzheimer's by 2025." He will provide insight into the importance of a fully funded national plan to address the needs of those living with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, the research community and other stakeholders.

    If you have scheduled visits with members of Congress during this testimony, please do not attend this hearing.

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Contact Us

General information
Email: advocacy@alz.org
Phone: 312.335.5833


Annetha Hall 
Email: ahall@alz.org
Phone: 202.638.8665

AIM information
Email: support@alzimpact.org
Phone: 202.638.8671


News media
Email: media@alz.org
Phone: 312.335.4078