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Our Mission: 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.

Public Contact: 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 |

Founded: 1978

Funding: The nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association is funded through individual
contributions, foundation grants, corporate contributions, and planned gifts.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s – the annual major fund-raising event of the
Alzheimer’s Association – is held in 10 locations throughout Washington.


Who We Are

  • The nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association is the national voice for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, their families and caregivers.

  • Today more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease – more than 150,000 residents in Washington. Unless something is done to prevent it, that number is expected to increase to 7.1 million Americans by 2025.

  • More than 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home. Almost 75 percent of the home care is provided by families and friends.

  • For every person with the diagnosis, the lives of at least three other  people have been changed forever. Family and caregivers take on extraordinary financial, emotional and physical responsibilities to support their loved one.

  • The Alzheimer’s Association provides information, support, education and training for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s.


Research and Advocacy

  • The Alzheimer’s Association works to ensure that policy and publicly funded research initiatives reflect the importance of Alzheimer’s disease as a national health priority.

  • The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research, and has awarded over $335 million to more than 2,250 projects over the life of their grants program.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.