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The Alzheimer's Association of the Great Plains dedicates donations to providing information, support, research and advocacy to the more than 40,000 chapter residents affected by Alzheimer's in the 80 counties of Nebraska and state of Wyoming.  Part of our work involves securing the funds needed to provide help and hope to those living with the many diverse challenges presented by Alzheimer's disease. 

Because of donations from supporters like you we have made tremendous advances in the past two decades, but the scope of what we are up against has increased also:
  • Today, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, including and estimated 200,000 under the age of 65.  By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. 
  • Another American develops Alzheimer's disease every 68 seconds.  In 2050, an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
  • Of Americans aged 65 and older, 1 in 9 has Alzheimer's, and 1 in 3 people aged 85 and older has the disease.
  • In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.
  • Alzheimer's disease is now the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
  • Dementia is the second largest contributor to death among older Americans, second only to heart failure.
  • Alzheimer's is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it or even slow its progression.

To view more facts & figures, click here.

To help families affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias within the chapter we offer:

  • 24-hour Helpline 800.272.3900
  • Support groups that have a confidential forum for people to share concerns and receive support--both caregiver and early stage support groups.
  • Educational programs and workshops for those affected by Alzheimer's, their family, friends, caregivers and the community in general. 
  • Professional educational programs and conferences for professional caregivers, police and fire departments. 
  • Safe Return program® to help find people with memory problems who wander and become lost. 
  • Information and Referral Service that provides families and health care professionals with dementia specific information and community resources.
  • Outreach Coordination--consultation on coordination of services that can be used by professional and family caregiver.
  • Advocacy for quality dementia care and services and funding for public programs serving people with dementia.
  • Funding to accelerate the pace of promising research.
  • Respite assistance

Thank you for your continuing support and for helping us serve the thousands of families in the Great Plains chapter affected by Alzheimer's disease.  Your continued generosity helps us move closer to our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease.


 

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.