Congress makes important decisions on research funding and federal health programs like Medicare and NIH. Find out who your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators are, review their legislative records, participate in community forums, and learn how to reach them by phone, letter, or email.
If possible, request a meeting at their district or state office to talk about the issues. If your meeting is with a staff person to the legislator, don’t be disappointed: key staffers can have great influence with, and may know an issue better than, the Member of Congress. After the meeting, send a thank you letter. Offer to be an information resource for them in the future.
Many decisions on community services and family supports are made at the local or state level. Know which elected officials represent you by checking the blue government pages of your phone book, or checking your State Legislature website.
Attend a Town Hall or other local event sponsored or attended by your federal, state, or local representatives. Ask the officials about their position on ending Alzheimer's disease, and share your story.