For the past several years, the Alzheimer's Association has organized the Illinois Action Summit to encourage Illinois legislators to understand the importance of prioritizing Alzheimer's Disease among the states policies. Representatives and ambassadors of the cause met with lawmakers April 2nd in Springfield at the 2014 Illinois Action Summit in order to gain their support.
Nancy McCaffrey, Director of Senior Housing Development, Kensington Management Group and Operations Director for Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace whom recently partnered with the Alzheimer's Association as an ambassador for the 8th congressional district joined the 2014 Illinois Action Summit. McCaffrey has been a long-time advocate of senior care with an emphasis on those living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. In Springfield, McCaffrey successfully encouraged Oak Brook Terrace's 23rd district senator, Tom Cullerton to sign on with the Illinois Alzheimer's Legislators Alliance (link to: http://act.alz.org/site/DocServer/Illinois_Alzheimer_Legislators_Alliance_Contract.pdf?docID=7262) Senator Cullerton attended the meet and greet held at Lt. Governor Sheila Simon's office, where McCaffrey had a chance to speak with him. "I appreciate Senator Cullerton's willingness to join the alliance. This is a great opportunity for his office to partner with the Alzheimer's Association in educating constituents about the disease and it's impact. It fits in with the mission of Terra Vista as well" said McCaffrey. Senator Cullerton has been a strong supporter of Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace and senior issues in Illinois.
Upon arriving at the summit, organizers briefed those in attendance on policy priorities for 2014 and what messages advocates should deliver to legislators throughout the afternoon. In addition, the Alzheimer's Association shared the following strategies and supporting tools that made for a successful visit.
- Improve the Dementia Capability of Existing Services
- Enhance Alzheimer’s Disease Data Collection and Analysis
- Ensure Access to Medicaid Coverage for Alzheimer’s
- Improve the Quality of Dementia Care
McCaffrey brought these messages to Senator Cullerton. She was thrilled to have been a part of the 2014 summit and is looking forward to working alongside the Alzheimer's Association and Illinois State lawmakers to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's.