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For more than 20 years, the Alzheimer's Association has provided reliable information, created supportive programs and services for families, increased resources for dementia research, and influenced changes in public policy.
Leading the fight against Alzheimer's disease
The Association has awarded nearly $160 million to researchers seeking new methods of prevention, better treatments, and eventually a cure for Alzheimer's.
The Association is an influential, nationwide network that includes the national office in Chicago, the public policy office in Washington, D.C., 81 chapters, and approximately 300 local points of service.
For the second year in a row, Worth magazine has named the Alzheimer's Association one of America's "100 Best Charities."
Our annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held in about 500 communities nationwide, has raised more than $139 million for programs and services.
Supporting the research community
The Association's research program is a catalyst for generating new knowledge about Alzheimer's disease and other disorders that cause dementia.
Our strategy is to attract talented scientists to the field, direct resources to promising ideas, and foster a collegial research environment that enables people to exchange ideas.
Our research grants support investigations that can unravel mysteries of the disease and improve the quality of life for all people affected by dementia. The Association's International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders brings together the greatest minds in dementia research from around the world.
Providing support, information, and referral
The Alzheimer's Association provides a broad range of programs and services for people with the disease, families, care partners, residential care professionals, and professional health care providers. Highlights of our programs include the following:
- the Contact Center, a toll-free service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to families, health care professionals, and the general public across the country
- Safe Return, a nationwide identification program to assist in the safe and timely return of individuals who have wandered from home, as well as other safety information services, such as home safety and driving
- more than 100,000 hours of education, service, and support programs, including over 2,500 hours of programs designed for individuals with dementia
- international, national, and regional conferences
- the Alzheimer's Association library and resource center, the largest library collection dedicated exclusively to Alzheimer's disease, which provides reference and research services, reading lists, and video guides on Alzheimer-related topics
The Alzheimer's Association staff and volunteers can provide information about a number of dementia-related issues:
- the science of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders
- medications and other treatment options
- skills to provide quality care
- strategies to reduce stress and manage lifestyle changes
- legal, financial, and living-arrangement decisions
- clinical trials of potential treatments
- Medicare and Medicaid benefits
- professional and community services
- safety services
Advocating for change
The Alzheimer's Association represents the interests of people with the disease and their families before all levels of government and with health care and long-term care providers. This advocacy effort includes the following goals:
- increasing annual federal research funds to $1 billion for finding effective ways to prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease and related disorders
- improving Medicare to meet the health care needs of people with Alzheimer's disease by adding prescription drug coverage and chronic care benefits designed to prevent health care crises and excess disability
- preserving and expanding quality affordable long-term care, including caregiver support, to meet the special needs of persons with dementia
Joining our cause
The Alzheimer's Association invites you to participate in our effort to change the lives of people with dementia and create a world without Alzheimer's disease.
- Become an advocate. Join people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, care partners, friends, and families whose voices are a powerful tool for change and hope.
- Donate. Your gift makes a difference in the lives of people with dementia and supports research to improve treatment, care, and prevention strategies.
- Volunteer. Join the more than 35,000 volunteers whose services are critical to every program and initiative of the Association.
The Alzheimer's Association Long Island 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 75% of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.