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 FY12, the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter provided more than 40,000 individuals with dementia, their care partners, community members and health care professionals with programs and services.
Education and Support
24/7 Information Helpline. More than 5,100 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. A Meeting of the Minds: The Dementia Conference 2012 had 1,100 participants and, in total, more than 16,400 people attended community or professional education programs.
Support Groups. 120 support groups, led by trained volunteer facilitators, provided assistance and encouragement to individuals and their care partners affected by dementia.
Care Consultation. 1,374 individuals with memory loss and their care partners received 1,965 care consultations, giving them individualized assistance with problem solving, planning and identifying resources.
MedicAlert® + Safe Return®. In FY12, 143 people enrolled in this 24-hour, nationwide, emergency response service for individuals with dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. In total, 2,241 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 85,400 web visits in FY12.
Advocacy In FY12, more than 30 advocates from Minnesota and North Dakota travelled to Washington to request support from their representatives for $100 million in new Alzheimer’s funding, which is called for in the first-ever National Alzheimer’s Plan. Alzheimer’s Association stakeholders also continued to contribute their expertise to Prepare Minnesota for Alzheimer’s by 2020. In addition, Alzheimer’s Association advocates helped ensure that the North Dakota Dementia Services Program was established as a line item in the North Dakota budget.
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, an annual, international conference for researchers and professionals, a research roundtable composed of industry scientists and a professional journal. The Association also offers TrialMatch™, an opportunity for the general public to be leaders by participating in clinical trials. For more information, visit www.alz.org/research.
Volunteers Volunteers help the Association extend its reach throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Our programs, services and events would not be possible without their commitment and generous support. In FY12, more than 500 volunteers provided more than 2,600 hours of service.