Missouri Alzheimer's Association hosts Memory Day at the capitol

3 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, March 07 2018 Mar 7, 2018 Wednesday, March 07, 2018 7:48:00 AM CST March 07, 2018 in News
By: Rob Veno, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Legislators at the capitol are discussing ways to more effectively treat Alzheimer's Wednesday morning.

The Missouri Alzheimer's Association hosted their "Memory Day" to help create awareness of Alzheimer's issues.

"I always say it's not a red-issue or a blue-issue, it's a purple issue. It's for our families that we really care about, and so going to Memory Day - it's huge," Lucy Tran Williams, the Public Policy Manager of the Missouri Alzheimer's Association, said.

The day is an opportunity for those with the illness to sit down with policy makers and discuss how to best care for those suffering with Alzheimer's. Williams said it's important to use the day to spread the truth about the disease to both the public and elected officials.

"I feel like we need to be very proactive, and do things now," Williams said.

The Alzheimer's Association research shows that by the year 2023 the total number of Alzheimer's cases in the United States will increase by nearly 20%. It also shows that in Missouri, Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death.

Williams said the group is focusing this year on more cost-effective solutions to the  Alzheimer's problem. The group hopes to use today's event to encourage lawmakers to pass House Bill 1885. The bill would shift funds from nursing homes taking care of Alzheimer's patients, and instead allow them to stay at home by paying caregiver instead. The  Alzheimer's Association estimates this would save the state nearly $12 million per year.

"If I can write one good policy, where it benefits the families, the caregivers, the person with Alzheimer's and dementia, just one good policy piece could affect millions of lives, that's enough for me to work hard every single day," Williams said.

Jacob Simburger, the Communications and Public Policy Coordinator for the Missouri Alzheimer's Association, said the group hopes today's event creates more progress towards fighting Alzheimer's.

"Advocates, volunteers and staff have made great strides at the state and federal level in the past and we're ready to continue pushing our mission forward until we live in a world without Alzheimer's," Simburger said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A Supreme Court ruling that allows states to charge online retailers sales tax has Columbia businesses rejoicing. ... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 5:18:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A judge has decided in favor of University of Missouri graduate students who want to unionize. The... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:37:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
HUNTSVILLE – A man accused of killing a Moberly woman five years ago was found guilty of murder in the... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:01:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON - Gov. Mike Parson met with President Donald Trump Thursday to discuss Missouri's top priorities. “I appreciate President... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:51:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri mental health advocates showed up at a meeting Thurday to voice their concerns about budget cuts... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:32:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Although "Shwe Market International Foods" mainly sells Asian products and "Chihuahua Mexican Market" Hispanic products, both stores have... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:34:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU has appointed Latha Ramchand as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. She was dean... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:01:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man and woman Wednesday after a reported robbery with a gun earlier in the week.... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 12:00:35 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
PINEVILLE (AP) — A husband and wife from southwestern Missouri have been ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for cashing... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:22:42 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Fashion designer Kate Spade will be buried Thursday in Kansas City, where she was born.... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:36:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The black bear population in Missouri is growing, and with the growth comes an increased chance for a... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:19:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU received a one million dollar grant as part of an inclusive initiative from the Howard Hughes Medical... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:18:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
NEW YORK - All Mizzou fan's eyes are on the NBA draft, which begins Thursday night, and who will pick... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Last week, a giant dust storm on Mars took up about a quarter of the Red Planet. Now,... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:26:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Amid overall lower enrollment numbers, the UM Board of Curators will vote on the FY 2019 budget at... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 1:28:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
NEW YORK - Former Missouri basketball standout Michael Porter Jr. was selected by the Denver Nuggets at No. 14 in... More >>
3 days ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 9:29:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After an armed robbery at Deco to Retro and Vintage Clothing on the Business Loop June 15,... More >>
3 days ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 8:52:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Sheriff's Department and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force seized 14 pounds of marijuana, four... More >>
3 days ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7:40:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 81°
4pm 89°
5pm 86°
6pm 85°
7pm 85°