The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of concerned individuals who recognized the need for an organization that would unite caregivers, provide support to those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and advance research into the disease. This group included: Jerome Stone (founding president), Ann Bashkiroff, Warren Easterly, Martha Fenchak, Bobbie Glaze, Leopold Liss, Hilda Pridgeon, Marott Sinex, and Lonnie Wollin. The Alzheimer’s Association was a founding member of ADI in 1984.
The headquarters is based in Chicago, but the Alzheimer’s Association counts 74 Chapters throughout the United States, with its Public Policy Office located in Washington, DC.
The Alzheimer’s Association has played a vital role in every significant development in Alzheimer’s research. The world’s largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is currently investing more than $208 million in more than 590 active best-of-field grant projects. The Association also led the way in getting the U.S. government to act. As a result, annual federal government Alzheimer’s and dementia research funding totaled $2.8 billion in 2020, a more than six-fold increase over 10 years.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides care and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias through online services and in-person programs in communities nationwide. They are available all day, every day for people facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias through their free 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) and website at alz.org. Each year, the Alzheimer’s Association provides care and support more than 8 million times through their website, phone, in-person care consultation, support groups, education programs, and other information.
Some of the services provided by the Association include:
- Caregiver meetings
- Dementia Care Training
- Educational events
- Meaningful engagements/activities
- Resources (fact sheets, reading materials)
- Support groups