Alzheimer's groups lobby lawmakers

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 4:19 PM
Last updated 10:40 PM
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ATLANTA — Alzheimer’s Association advocates – many from the Augusta area – visited the Georgia Capitol on Monday to push for new legislation.

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Trying to organize the 50 volunteers from the Augusta region of the Alzheimer's Association, Kathy Tuckey, the association's regional director, gestures on the Capitol steps.  Morris News Service
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Trying to organize the 50 volunteers from the Augusta region of the Alzheimer's Association, Kathy Tuckey, the association's regional director, gestures on the Capitol steps.

House Bill 850 would allow physicians to write a standing order for a patient’s end-of-life preferences that other medical providers would have to follow, but they would be exempt from professional liability for doing so.

Alzheimer’s care advocates, who came to meet with legislators, wore T-shirts with the word “voice” to show they were speaking for family members who could no longer speak for themselves while suffering from the memory disease. In all more than 300 advocates said they hope to become a voice for the 120,000 Georgians suffering from the memory disease.

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