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Our Mission

The mission of the Alzheimer's Association 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

A world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Services and Support

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.

The Orange County Chapter is one of 76 Alzheimer’s Association chapters in the country. Each chapter is locally governed and funded by the generosity of the community it serves. We continue to be Orange County’s leading provider of services, education, research and advocacy for people affected by Alzheimer’s and related disorders. We provide a comprehensive suite of programs and services — provided at no charge — to meet myriad and evolving needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, their families, caregivers and the community. Click here or call 800.272.3900 for the list of services and support available to the community we serve.

Our History

In 1982, when a few concerned people banded together to form a local chapter of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, it was estimated that approximately 9,000 people in Orange County suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Today, 84,000 Orange County residents are currently affected by Alzheimer's disease, a related dementia or are at high risk of developing it.

The story of Orange County's involvement with the fight against Alzheimer's disease really began when the chapter founder, Joan Dashiell, went back to her home state to visit her mother for the holidays. She found a confused, disoriented woman who had to be bathed, dressed and diapered. Her mother didn't recognize her. Joan's mother, who we now know had Alzheimer's disease, could not be left alone. Joan was a wife and mother of two teenagers. She brought her mother back to her own home to care for her and to find out about this mysterious, debilitating disease. Little was known about it at the time; Joan's search for answers parallels the evolution of the chapter.

As she found tentative solutions to her needs, she gathered experts together to share what she had learned. One winter evening, more than 60 people stood in line in the rain to attend the first educational meeting in early 1982. That was the year the Alzheimer's Association, Orange County Chapter was born. From her living room, the Chapter grew to offices located in a church in Costa Mesa before moving to its current location in Irvine, California.

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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.