This past April, our Executive Director of Avita of Stroudwater in Westbrook, Maine was honored to be a part of the Alzheimer’s Ambassador Program. As an Ambassador, Courtney serves as the main point of in-district contact for a targeted member of Congress. Courtney has had the honor of being matched with Senator Susan Collins, who is the co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s. As part of the Ambassador Program, Courtney attended the annual Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C. Ambassadors and advocates from all over the country met to learn about the newest facts and figures, hear personal stories, and gather on Capitol Hill with our Congressmen and let them know the Alzheimer's Association's federal priorities, which are very simple - they need to invest in research for this disease.
Courtney was captivated by multiple speakers at the National Alzheimer's Dinner. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was quoted saying "We are not, at the moment, limited by ideas. We are not limited by scientific opportunities. We are not limited by talent. We are, unfortunately, limited by resources to be able to move this enterprise forward at the pace that it could take." One of the most powerful speakers, was Candy Crowley, CNN Chief Political Correspondent -- who's mother has this disease. She heartbreakingly opened her speech with "I miss my Mom every day; but I miss her the most when I am with her."
We are honored to have Courtney as a vital part of our team, owing to her passion, true dedication to residents, and outgoing personality. Courtney urges everyone to know that personal stories will always outweigh any statistic -- letters, tweets, Facebook posts -- becoming an advocate for curing Alzheimer’s is so easy. Washington needs to hear how much Alzheimer’s affects everyone, nationwide. This disease is the most expensive disease to battle in the nation, and can make one feel so isolated. If people start advocating and speaking up together, something can be done and we could someday live in a world without Alzheimer's.
To learn how you can be involved, visit www.alz.org.
To learn more about Courtney, and her wonderful community in Maine, feel free to call 207.857.9007 or check out Avita of Stroudwater on Facebook!