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FY17 Impact Report
Creating a world without Alzheimer's disease

Your support helps us advance research, reach more people in need and
advocate for a future without Alzheimer's disease.

How we make an impact:

Increasing Awareness

Providing Care and Support

Advancing Public Policy

Accelerating Research


Use of Funds

Board of Directors

Our Mission and Vision

The PDF version of the impact report is available here.

Dear Supporters,

On behalf of our staff and volunteers, we are pleased to present our Fiscal Year 2017 Chapter Impact Report. We hope you will find it an informative summary of our efforts this past year and an affirmation of the impact your support has on individuals, families and communities. Our goals are clearly defined:

  • Increase concern and awareness about the true emotional and economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Reach and serve an ever-increasing number of individuals and families throughout Washington State and Northern Idaho.
  • Inform and educate families and professionals about dementia-specific, evidence-based approaches to care.
  • Advocate to elected officials for increased funding of programs and services for all those affected by Alzheimer’s as well as disease-specific research.
  • Further advance the Association’s leadership in research for improved treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

As you will see in the Impact Report, Fiscal Year 2017 was a year of significant growth for our Chapter. We are particularly proud of our dedicated staff and a record number of energetic volunteers whose passionate, purposeful work set new standards for media outreach, program and service delivery, engagement of legislative champions and funding for research.

We have so much more to do. We are still reaching a very small number—less than 5%—of those currently impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia. We can do more; we must do more, and with your continued engagement as clients, colleagues, donors and partners, we will do more.

You inspire and empower us—thank you!

Onward together…

Bob Le Roy - Executive Director
Ellen Cole - Board Chair

Increasing Awareness

Reaching more people than ever before.

  • Through traditional and new media, our Chapter is reaching more people than ever before.
  • Trusted by caregivers, people living with the disease, concerned individuals and professionals, our website, blog and social media platforms received over 2.2 million visits in FY17
  • Media stories and advertising raised concern and awareness in our region with nearly 70 million impressions.
  • The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, our largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease, had over 7,000 registered participants in FY17.

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Providing Care and Support

We are here for people living with Alzheimer's disease and their
caregivers wherever, whenever and however they need.

Find support online or call 1.800.272.3900

Advancing Public Policy

Raising concern and awareness among elected leaders and policy makers.

Become an advocate today


Accelerating Research

Funding world class studies in dementia science.

  • The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private funder of dementia research in the world.
  • In FY17, the Association made new investments of nearly $25 million in 135 scientific investigations, part of over 350 ongoing Association-funded research projects in 18 countries, totaling over $90 million.
  • Our region is home to premier Alzheimer’s and dementia research facilities and 466 individuals who support research as volunteer participants in clinical trials through TrialMatch.

Help advance research and join a trial today.


  • In FY17, over 800 volunteers contributed nearly 22,000 hours to advance our mission.
  • Through the efforts of talented, caring volunteers, we are able to deliver programs, fund research and support people affected by Alzheimer’s.

  • With guidance from our Early Stage Advisory Council, we are better able to serve those living with dementia every day.

Become a volunteer today



Use of Funds

  • We respect the right of our donors to know how their money is being spent to further the Alzheimer's Association mission.

  • We continue to meet industry best practice standards with 78% of our total annual expenses going to care, support, research, awareness and advocacy.

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Board of Directors

Ellen Cole - Board Chair

Mikaela Louie - Board Vice Chair

Bryan Haakenson - Board Secretary

Dave Budd
Dan Collin
Doug Ellison
Chris Gruenfeld
Christopher M. Henderson
Paula L. Houston, Ed.D.
Suman Jayadev, M.D.
Leen Kawas Ph.D.
David Kirtman
Alicia Kristjanson
Maureen Linehan
Myriam Marquez
Pete Minden
Kristoffer Rhoads, Ph.D
Tom Ruttkay
Roy Walker

Our Vision

A world without Alzheimer's disease.

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.


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.