HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Alzheimer’s Association is offering support for people who want to share their stories about living with the disease with their lawmakers while lobbying for related legislation.
For those who want to become advocates but are not sure where to start, training is planned around the Hudson Valley with Debbie Warburton, director of government relations for the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter. The training will offer an overview of Alzheimer's public policy and explore current state and federal legislation supported by the Alzheimer’s Association. Strategies for effectively reaching out to lawmakers will also be discussed.
The first training is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Purchase office at 2900 Westchester Ave. Others will be posted on the Chapter’s website and Facebook page as they are scheduled. RSVP is requested.
Warburton said, “The best part of my job is letting people know there's something positive they can do in the fight against Alzheimer's. When people tell their legislators what it's like to deal with the disease on a daily basis, it's very empowering for them. I like being a part of that."
Warburton, who joined the Hudson Valley Chapter in January, spent nearly five years at the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, where she was coordinator of public policy, advocacy and volunteers. She has a master of social work degree and a certificate in aging studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to the Alzheimer’s Association, she worked for the New York City Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and in a variety of health care settings.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Its 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. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900 or visit this link to learn more about advocacy and the Hudson Valley Chapter.