Alzheimer's Association says it needs more money to continue services

By WEEK Reporter

January 23, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:35 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Central Illinois Alzheimer's Association says it needs to do more fund-raising to keep its services going.

The organization held its annual Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday to update lawmakers and community members on its policies and research.

The group say this helps to bring awareness to the disease.

"We cover 20 counties and we're working to advance research as well as provide coping skills and mechanisms to family caregivers and to persons with the disease and we're also working hard to promote brain health," said Nikki Vulgaris, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association.

"I'm just hopeful today's meeting will allow us to be on the same page as we typically are as local legislators because we all work together in concert for the Alzheimer's Association," said State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth.

The Alzheimer's Association will hold an advocacy day at the State Capitol on March 13 and they are hoping to get support to join them in Springfield.

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