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To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's, and since our founding in 1980, we have moved toward this goal by advancing research and providing support, information and education to those affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias.
Our Vision: A world without Alzheimer's.We enhance care and support
The Alzheimer's Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias. We are here to help.
- We have local chapters across the nation, providing services within each community.
- Our professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 250,000 callers each year and provides translation services in more than 130 languages.
- We run more than 4,500 support groups throughout the country and connect people across the globe through our online message boards.
- We help people find clinical trials through our free service Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch, which makes it easy to search opportunities based on personal criteria.
- We deliver 20,000 education programs annually and offer online information in 17 languages.
- Our safety services, Comfort Zone and MedicAlert + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return, provide location management for people with Alzheimer's who wander.
- Our online suite of resources, Alzheimer's Association CareSource, helps caregivers coordinate assistance from family and friends, locate senior housing, and enhance caregiving skills.
- Our annual Memory Walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research.
As the largest, private non-profit funder of Alzheimer research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. Through our partnerships and funded projects, we have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.
We advance the understanding of Alzheimer's through our peer-reviewed research grant program, which has awarded more than $265 million to 1,800 scientists since 1982.
- Our annual International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (AAICAD) brings together thousands of researchers to share information and findings.
- Our scientific journal, Alzheimer's & Dementia, provides a single publication for the global scientific community to share its diverse knowledge.
- Our professional society, Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment (ISTAART), is the only professional society designed exclusively for individuals dedicated to Alzheimer and dementia science.
The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer's disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level. We diligently work to make Alzheimer's a national priority. Join our effort.
- We develop policy resources, including Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures and Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease, to educate decision makers on the economic and emotional toll that Alzheimer's takes on families and the nation.
- Our advocates engage elected officials at all levels of government and participate in our annual Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum, a march on Capitol Hill to meet with elected representatives.
- With our chapters, we work to pass legislation at the federal, state and local level.
In 1979, Jerome H. Stone and representatives from several family support groups met with the National Institute on Aging to explore the value of a national, independent, nonprofit organization to complement federal efforts surrounding Alzheimer's disease. That meeting resulted in the April 10, 1980, formation of the Alzheimer's Association with Mr. Stone as founding president.
Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer's across the globe through our national office and more than 75 local chapters. As the largest donor-supported, voluntary health organization for Alzheimer's, the Association is a catalyst for advancements in Alzheimer research and care.
Together, we can change the future of Alzheimer's.
- Mary Thompson
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