Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns with Alzheimer's advocate Ann Walters Tillery from Nebraska.
With the help of our generous donors and more than 500 advocacy ambassadors across the country, The Judy Fund is an unwavering force in the fight to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.
The disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is the most expensive in America. It affects everyone, and the number of cases is growing fast.
To scientists researching a cure, support from federal dollars is crucial. To families facing Alzheimer’s, legislative policies are needed to improve care for those with the disease and to expand options for the loved ones looking after them.
Voices advocating for these individuals are necessary in Washington, and The Judy Fund is making sure ours are heard.
How we’re making a difference:
Supporting advocacy efforts:
The Judy Fund invested in the Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador Program when it started, and our supporters continuously fuel it. Thanks to our donors, the program has grown from a small pilot of 24 people in 2010 to an expanding network of 507 ambassadors who take advocacy to the next level. These grassroots volunteers maintain conversations with their legislators year-round and influence federal policy.
Securing funds for research:
The Judy Fund has been instrumental in boosting monetary support for dementia scientists. Last year, our supporters championed advocacy efforts that led to a $425 million increase to Alzheimer’s and dementia research funding at the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2019. The increase raised total annual research spending on Alzheimer’s to $2.3 billion.
Pushing legislation forward:
The collaboration between The Judy Fund, our supporters and the Alzheimer’s Association advocacy ambassadors has led to big rewards in Washington. Most recently, in December 2018, we drove the passage of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, which will:
- Establish Alzheimer's Centers of Excellence across the country to expand and promote effective interventions.
- Issue funding to state and local public health departments to promote cognitive health, risk reduction, early detection and diagnosis and the needs of caregivers.
- Increase collection, analysis and timely reporting of data on cognitive decline and caregiving to inform future public health actions.
Help us make an even bigger impact on the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease.