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The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter serves Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware. It is the local chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association.

We are an alliance of family members and professionals dedicated to helping people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families through education, advocacy, and support.

Have questions? Our Helpline is always available. Call 800-272-3900.

Our mission
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.

Our vision
A world without Alzheimer's disease.

Financial information

The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter  is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The Chapter uses 79% of  funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.

Annual Reports

2012-2013 Annual Report

2011-2012 Annual Report

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Strategic Plan

 2012-2014 Alzheimer's Association Strategic Plan

Board of Directors

Andrea P. Clearkin, CPA

Vice Chairs
Andrew L. Hunt
Greg Tigani

Douglas L. Chaet, FACHE

Chad DeHart IV, CPA, CFE

Christopher L. Bieberbach
Adean Bridges 
George M. Chamberlain Jr., Esq.
Robert G. Conover
Cynthia P. Eisen
Stephen A. Feldman, Esq.
Chris Gruber
Karen J. Gurski, M.D
George V. Hager Jr., CPA
Deborah Haugh 
David R. Hoffman, Esq.
Ricardo Hurtado
Carol F. Lippa, MD
Robert F. Marino
C. Patrick McKoy
Val F. Nunnenkamp, Jr.
Michael P. Russomano
Thomas M. Sibson, CPA
Carl Underland
P. Michael Walker, Esq.
Ilene Warner - Maron, Ph.D
Gordon M. Wase, Esq.

rev. 12-15-13

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Our History

 1906 German Dr.Alois Alzheimer diagnosed disease by noting plaques and tangles, the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association founded (Alzheimer’s Association)

Delaware: The first support group formed.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: Incorporated as chapter of national Alzheimer’s Association

South Jersey: South Jersey Chapter founded 1981.

 1982 President Ronald Reagan declared Thanksgiving week as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Week.
 1984 Alzheimer’s Disease International formed.
 1989 First National Alzheimer’s Disease Public Policy Forum in Washington, DC

The Chapter’s first Memory Walk was held in Philadelphia.

Delaware: The first statewide education conference offered.

Multicultural Outreach Program established.

 1992 Wilmington, Delaware Office opened

First Alzheimers drug treatment Cognex (Tacrine) approved by the FDA

National Safe Return TM Program Introduced

 1994 The Chapter's Respite Care Financial Assistance Program began 

Former President Reagan announced his Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis.

Contact Center/Helpline expanded to 800 number which serves all of U.S.

South Jersey Office Opened

 1996 Aricept (Donepezil), second Alzheimer's drug introduced.
 1997 Berks Country Branch Office opened.
 1998 Co-chair, Nicholas DeBenedictis and Ronald Rubin hosted Chapters Reagan Tribute Luncheon in Philadelphia.  Maureen Reagan honors first million raised for research with Zenith Award.

Latino Outreach Program began

Lehigh Valley Branch Office opened.


Third Alzheimer's drug Exelon (Rivastigmine) introduced.

Southeastern Pennsylvania:  Asian Outreach Programs initiated.

Chapter Sponsored First International Picks Disease Conference in Phildelphia.

First Chocolate Symphony Held at Ardrossan in Villanova, PA.

 2001 Fourth Alzheimers drug, Reminyl (Galantamine) approved.  Renamed Razadyne in 2005.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: SEPA became one of the first chapters to be a part of 24/7/365 Contact Center/Helpline

The Delaware, South Jersey and Southeastern Pensylvania Chaptes formed the Alzheimer's Assocaition Delaware Valley Chapter.

Delaware Valley Chapter received three-year $1.2 million grant through the Federal Administration on Aging to provide free memory loss screenings to multicultrual communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania.


Namenda, (Memantine HCI) fifth treatment for moderate to severe Alzheimer;s approved by the FDA.

Chapter launched Professional Training Program to enhance knowledge and undersanding of direct care personnel.

First Alzheimer's Town Meeting held in Bucks County, PA.


Current  First Lady Laura Bush and six former first ladies hosted First Generations Gala Benefit in Washington, D. C.

Chapter hosted International and National conferences on Alzheimer's disease in Philadelphia.

Grant awarded to expand services in Salem County, New Jersey.

Former President Reagan died from Alzheimer's complications.


Ambassador program began with first level grant.

New Jersey passed Safe ReturnTM bill.

Atlantic County, New Jersey Branch Office opened.

Delaware received Federal Administration on Aging grant to provide free memory-loss screenings and education to multicultural communities.

Chester County Branch Office Opened.

Chapter hosted first-ever Philadelphia Town Meeting on Alzheimer's Disease Research.

15th anniversary of Memory Walk in Delaware Valley.

Chapter unveiled six WHYY educational commercials on Alzheimer's.

Chapter produced Programs and Services video
 2008  The Delaware Valley Chapter received a single private donation to open the first all professional training center.  On June 16, the Julie H.C. Bailey Training Center opened in Smyrna, Delaware.
 2010  The Chapter received a grant to update the Delaware Valley Chapter’s Program and Services video.   The video premiered at the 2010 Memory Walk in Philadelphia
 2011  In July, 2011, The Delaware Valley Chapter began a new 3 year National Strategic Plan, focusing on increasing awareness and concern, early stage services and finding a cure.

A nationwide change to our annual Memory Walk to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
The Chapter opened the country’s first Early Stage Social Engagement Program, The REC Center.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.