Valdosta Daily Times

February 19, 2014

Preparing for a new Alzheimer’s Awareness Day

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — The recent winter storm advisories for North Georgia forced the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, to reschedule its annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the Capitol to Thursday, Feb. 27.

Anyone who has not registered, may still do so at, or call (800) 272-3900, which rings in the Tifton office, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We have 17 advocates signed up for this year, and we can take a lot more,” said Bonnie Sayles, regional programs director. “Our region represents the largest geographical area of the state with 35 counties.

Some of our Valdosta advocates cannot go now because of the new date, so please consider stepping up to be a voice at our state Capitol on Feb. 27.”

The purpose of Alzheimer's Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol is:

• To speak with our state senators and state representatives about the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their families, and

• To raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and related dementias at the Capitol among all legislators and state agencies.

This year, the specific plans of the group include:

• Advocating to strengthen Georgia’s Respite Care for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia;

• Creating a Georgia Alzheimer’s Registry;

• Funding emergency placement for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia when a care facility is closed or when a person with Alzheimer's disease or Dementia wanders.

More information: email, visit, or call 1-800-272-3900. Advocacy training will be offered during a webinar at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. There is no charge, but registration is required by the new deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in order to plan travel, meals and materials.