Our mission is 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 is a world without Alzheimer’s. Learn more
Seven regional offices help serve every county in Minnesota and North Dakota. Explore the Areas We Serve.
The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota is led by dedicated individuals, all of whom contribute enormous amounts of time and energy to improving the lives of people with Alzheimer's and related dementias and their caregivers. View our Board of Directors list.
Programs and Services In FY13, the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter provided more than 42,000 individuals with dementia, their care partners, community members and health care professionals with programs and services.
Education and Support
24/7 Helpline. More than 6,300 calls were made to the Helpline for information, support and resources.
Community and Professional Education. The Association offered dementia-specific workshops and conferences throughout the two-state area. The Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference 2013 had 1,316 participants and, in total, more than 20,100 people attended community or professional education programs.
Support Groups. 128 active support groups, led by trained volunteer facilitators, provided assistance and encouragement to individuals and their care partners affected by dementia.
Care Consultation. 1,480 individuals with memory loss and their care partners received 2,164 care consultations, giving them individualized assistance with problem solving, planning and identifying resources.
MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®. In FY13, 77 people enrolled in this 24-hour, nationwide, emergency response service for individuals with dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. In total, 2,935 people are enrolled across Minnesota and North Dakota.
Website. The Alzheimer’s Association website contains a wealth of information regarding Alzheimer’s and related dementias and had more than 78,600 web visits in FY13.
Advocacy In FY13, Alzheimer’s Association staff initiated and advocated for the Minnesota Caregiver Sick Leave bill, which mandates that employers who provide sick leave must extend this benefit to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease. In May 2013, the legislature passed it. In April, 34 advocates traveled to Washington D.C. for the annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, where they requested additional funding for Alzheimer’s research and support of the National Alzheimer’s Project Plan.
Research Nationally, the Alzheimer’s Association is a leader in the global fight for a world without Alzheimer’s. The Association leads in many ways, including through an international research grants program and an annual, international conference for researchers and professionals. The Association also offers TrialMatch®, an opportunity for the general public to be leaders by participating in clinical trials.
Volunteers Our programs, services and events would not be possible without the commitment and generous support of our volunteers. In FY13, more than 600 volunteers provided more than 10,900 hours of service.