The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.
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 visionA world without Alzheimer's disease.
Commemorating 25 Years of Service in 2010
Almost three decades ago, a group of caregivers gathered around a kitchen table in Columbia to discuss caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Together, they created a support network that grew each year until in 1985, the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter signed an official charter and agreed to serve those with Alzheimer’s and their families as a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Today, the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter offers services and support to the 14,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in central and northeast Missouri. The chapter has grown from a group of dedicated volunteers to a full-time operation, employing eight inspired individuals and serving the community 24 hours a day.
“Through efficiency, hard work, and inspired dedication to this cause, the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter provides a wealth of services to so many in central and northeast Missouri,” said Linda Newkirk, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter.
While the Alzheimer’s Association grew and developed over the last 25 years, so too has our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. What was once considered a natural result of aging is now understood as a progressive brain disease which destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to interfere with daily life. Researchers now agree that Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Recent studies are unraveling this mysterious disease, including improved diagnostics, treatments and preventative techniques.
“The Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter is commemorating 25 years of service to the community; we won’t celebrate until we find a cure. The Alzheimer’s Association will continue to work tirelessly to provide services and support to those with Alzheimer’s and their families while advocating for investments in Alzheimer research in order to find that cure,” concluded Newkirk.
Board of Directors - Columbia
Kay Niemeier, President
Andrea Benna, J.D., Vice President
Linda Fisher, Secretary
Richard Oliver, Ph.D
Reginald "Reg" Turnbull
Mary Joan Wood
Linda Botterfield Cupp
Lenard L Politte, MD
Executive Director-Linda Newkirk
Associate Director, Programs-Joetta Coen
Associate Director Events-Chris Baker
Communications Manager-Janie Elson
Senior Associate Director-Marie Murphree
Associate Director-Angel King
Associate Director of Events-Nate Reed
Finance Manager-Teresa McCullough