Mickus advocates for Alzheimers

Senator Stabenow, Dr. Maureen Mickus and Alzheimers Ambassadors

Dr. Maureen Mickus (back row, third from left) poses with Senator Debbie Stabenow (front row, center) and Alzheimers Ambassadors.

Occupational therapy associate professor Dr. Maureen Mickus is a board member with the Alzheimers Association of Michigan and serves as an Alzheimers Ambassador, a role in which she works with association staff and elected officials to implement federal advocacy activities at the community level. This past March in Washington, D.C., Mickus attended the annual Alzheimer's Advocacy Forum, joining over 1,000 other advocates from every state in the union with the common purpose of ending Alzheimers.

On the final day of the forum, ambassadors met with members of congress on Capitol Hill to request their support for the "Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act,” which is co-sponsored by Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow.  One of the Alzheimer's Association's top federal priorities for the 114th Congress, this act would increase access to information on care and support for newly diagnosed individuals and their families and ensure that an Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis is documented in the individual's medical record.