2018 State Advocacy Day Registration Open 1 More Week!
There’s still time to register for State Advocacy Day, Wednesday, February 28, at the capitol! Join fellow advocates from throughout the state in educating state legislators on the importance of:
- increased research spending;
- expanded home and community-based services, and
- new tools and training for early detection and diagnosis.
Bring your story – and your voice – to Sacramento! To sign up before the February 21st registration deadline, click here.
Alzheimer’s Association Proposes Public Education Campaign
In partnership with the 33 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), the Alzheimer’s Association is proposing California’s first public education campaign focused on early detection. To find out more, read the organization’s budget request here.
Assemblymember Limón Introduces AB 1955 to Raise Public Awareness
The Alzheimer’s Association’s Legislator of the Year, Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) introduced legislation to bring Alzheimer’s information and resources to local communities. Read the bill here.
Bond Bill Proposes New Resources for Home & Community-Based Care
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) has introduced AB 2025, a bill to establish a bond fund to build new Alzheimer’s day care and health centers, along with more Programs for All inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Read the Assemblymember’s recent Op/Ed to learn more.
VCAAA SENIOR NETWORK – UPDATE ON DEMENTIA FRIENDLY VENTURA COUNTY
Greetings! The first issue of Dementia Friendly Ventura County News is attached. It includes an overview of activities held in June to officially launch the program and the status of current activities. Launch activities will continue throughout the year ahead in different area of the county. Click here: Dementia Friendly Ventura County News
I am also pleased to share the video link about the Virtual Dementia Tour held at the County Government Center on June 21. The four-minute video was created by VCAAA’s public information officer, Jannette Jauregui. Taking the tour simulates how a person with a cognitive impairment experiences the world. It enables the ‘tourist’ to have a hands-on experience of what it is like to have a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The video is viewable online at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kxqdwtiK-j0
We are truly grateful to Homewatch CareGivers of Thousand Oaks (Kris and Randy Martin) for providing the virtual dementia tour in their converted motor home. Kris, Randy, and staff are very experienced in providing the tours. Their expertise, professionalism, and compassion create an atmosphere of safety and caring for the virtual dementia tourists. Two virtual dementia tours were held in June, and eight more tours are scheduled in the months ahead. The tours have been made possible by a generous grant from Long Term Care Services of Ventura County (Ombudsman).
More good news – VCAAA has a new website at http://vcaaa.org and Dementia Friendly Ventura County has a page in VCAAA’s new website. There are two ways to reach the DFVC page:
· Click this link: http://vcaaa.org/about-us/planning-strategy/advocacy/dementia-friendly-ventura/ -OR-· Go to http://vcaaa.org/ and click on the Dementia Friendly Ventura County icon at the top right corner of the home page.
Please note the webpage and website are a work in progress. Included on the DFVC webpage is a link to the video, Small Changes Help Make a Dementia Friendly Community – by the Alzheimer’s Society in Great Britain. This three-minute video is an excellent demonstration of the meaning and impact of a dementia friendly community. Kudos to Marleen Canniff, VCAAA Grants Administrator, for her efforts in helping to develop the new website and tweaking the DFVC page.
Dementia Friendly Ventura County is off to an extraordinary start thanks to the Leadership Team, and especially the many individuals and organizations who were involved with the launch in various capacities.