About the Alzheimer’s Association

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias

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About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research, the Association includes the national office in Chicago, the public policy office in Washington, D.C., and chapters in communities nationwide.

Currently, at least 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia. In the United States alone, more than 5 million have Alzheimer’s, and over 15 million are serving as their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association addresses this global epidemic by providing education and support to the millions who face dementia every day, while advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

We provide care and support to those affected.

• The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900) is available all day, every day.

• Our award-winning website at alz.org® is a rich resource that includes information for people living in the early stage of the disease (alz.org/IHaveAlz) and caregivers (alz.org/care).

• Chapters host thousands of support groups and educational sessions annually. Find a chapter near you at alz.org/findus.

We accelerate research across the globe.

• We are the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Since 1982, our International Research Grant Program has committed over $315 million to more than 2,200 best-of-field grant proposals, leading to exciting advances including the development of Pittsburgh Compound B (PIB), the first radiotracer capable of showing beta-amyloid in the living brain during a PET scan.

• The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®) is the world’s largest conference of its kind, bringing researchers together to report on groundbreaking studies. The conference has served as a platform for major milestones in Alzheimer’s research, including the release of new diagnostic criteria.

• We lead the World Wide Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (WW-ADNI), a consortium of international Alzheimer’s investigators. The sharing of ADNI data across the globe has demonstrated a significant return on investment, enabling researchers who were not funded to participate in scientific progress.

We advocate for the needs and rights of people facing Alzheimer’s.

• The Association has helped pass landmark legislation, including the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which mandated a national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The National Alzheimer’s Plan addresses the escalating Alzheimer’s crisis and coordinates efforts across the federal government.

• We call for an increased commitment to Alzheimer’s funding from the federal government. In 2014, the Association helped secure a $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support.

• We demand better access to diagnosis and care planning so those with Alzheimer’s can receive the best treatments and plan for the future.

We’re here all day, every day.

Call 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org.

• Connect with a chapter. Participate in a support group, attend an educational workshop or volunteer.

• Advocate for those affected and urge legislators to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.

• Participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

• Donate to advance vital research and further care and support programs.

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