2018 Alzheimer’s Association AIM Advocacy Forum: Letter to the Editor Template

Letter to the Editor Template

The following talking points can be used to help you write a personal and compelling letter to the editor for placement in your local paper. As always, please coordinate your efforts with your local chapter to avoid duplication. 

Note: Please check to see if your member is a cosponsor of the BOLD Infrastructure Act and/or PCHETA and adjust the language before submitting.

Compelling Opening Suggested TPs (choose or create your own)

  • There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, including NUMBER here in STATE. I am one of those people.
  • There are more than 15 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, including NUMBER here in STATE. I am one of those people.
  • There are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s ADVOCATE OR AMBASSADOR, it is my honor to represent them.
  • Share a few sentences of your story and why you are an advocate.
  • I am going to/just returned from Washington, D.C. where more than 1,000 Alzheimer’s advocates from across the nation will attend/attended the Alzheimer’s Association AIM Advocacy Forum.
  • While in Washington I met/will meet with MEMBER to explain why Congress must continue to take action against Alzheimer’s.
  • I will/I asked MEMBER to support [Insert one of the three priorities].

 

Statistics to Make the Case TPs (choose a few or highlight others)

  • Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death in the U.S. without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.
  • According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, by 2050, the total cost of care for Alzheimer’s is projected to increase to more than $1.1 trillion.
  • Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the country costing $277 billion in 2018, including $186 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.
  • It is only through adequate funding and a strong implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease that we will meet its goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.

Ending Call to Action TPs

  • Please join me in urging MEMBER to support [Insert one of the three priorities].
  • To learn more about this disease and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s visit alz.org.

For additional Tips please email our Public Policy Manager, Jennifer Braisted at jbraisted@alz.org

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