The Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter dedicates donations to providing information, support, programming and services for the more than 16,000 affected by Alzheimer's who are in the 19 counties we serve. We also provide information on living a brain-healthy lifestyle and research into the cause, treatments, preventions and cure for Alzheimer's.
The impact of Alzheimer's - both long-lasting and far-reaching - causes us to continually expand our programs, services and support to meet the new and changing needs of those we serve wherever they are in the disease process:
Today, Alzheimer's affects 5.4 million Americans, including the over 16,000 people with the disease, their families and caregivers in the area we serve.
- Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer's disease; by mid-century someone will develop Alzheimer's disease every 33 seconds.
- Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the 5th leading cause of death for those over the age of 65.
- Alzheimer's disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 causes in America without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.
- People with Alzheimer's and other dementias cost Medicaid 19 times more than older people without these conditions.
- 1 in 8 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's and nearly 1 in 2 over age 85 has it.
- 1 in 7 people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease live alone.
To help families affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, we offer:
- 24-hour Helpline (800.272.3900)
- Support Groups and Online Message Boards as a confidential forum for people to share concerns and receive support
- Educational Programs and Workshops for those affected by Alzheimer's, the public and health professionals
- TrialMatch™ a free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials
- Safe Return® to help find people with memory problems who wander and become lost.
We also advocate for quality dementia care and services and funding to accelerate the pace of promising research.
Thank you, for your support and for helping us serve thousands of families affected by Alzheimer's today and for helping us achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease.