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Alzheimer's Day advocacy training set

TIFTON, Ga. -- The Alzheimer's Association Georgia Chapter, South Georgia Region, is holding advocacy training sessions Thursday and Feb. 12 at the Leroy Rogers Community Center, 315 W. Second St. in Tifton.

The training prepares those interested in being advocates at Alzheimer's Awareness Day at the State Capitol on Feb. 27.

Training will include a review the schedule for the day and the advocacy issues that participants will be discussing with legislators. Last year, 24 volunteer advocates from Adel, Albany, Americus, Fitzgerald, Leesburg, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton and Valdosta joined hundreds from across Georgia to share their concerns with state legislators.

Awareness Day participants will receive a VOICE T-shirt to wear to show solidarity in giving a voice for those who can no longer ask for help. If enough people sign up, the Alzheimer’s Association will provide transportation.

The advocacy day is scheduled to begin with a kickoff at Central Presbyterian Church, located across from the Capitol, followed by a photo with Gov. Nathan Deal, appointments and lunch with legislators, and a closing ceremony on the front steps of the Georgia Capitol.

“Please join the movement to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias,” said Bonnie J. Sayles, programs director for the South Georgia Region of the Alzheimer’s Association. “There is no charge for advocates to attend Awareness Day at the Capitol or the advocacy training, but you must register in advance for both the training and the Day at the Capitol so we know how many people to provide for.”

Participants may register online at www.alz.org/georgia or call the 24/7 HELPLINE (800) 272-3900 for more info.

The same training will be conducted each day. The session on Thursday is 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., while the Feb. 12 training is 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

The South Georgia Region represents 35 counties. To register for advocacy training, visit www.alz.org/georgia, then click on Awareness Day at the Capitol/State Plan. Site vistors can also use the website, which is regularly updated with information, to provide input into the state plan to address Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Three online training opportunities are offered for those who cannot attend the regional training in person:

  • Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.;
  • Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.;
  • Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-noon.