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German Dr. Alois Alzheimer diagnosed disease by noting plaques and tangles, the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s.

1980 Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association founded (Alzheimer’s Association).
Delaware: The first support group formed.
Southeastern Pennsylvania: Incorporated as chapter of national Alzheimer’s Association
1981 South Jersey: South Jersey Chapter founded
1982 President Ronald Reagan declared Thanksgiving week as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Week.
1984 Alzheimer’s Disease International formed.
1989 First National Alzheimer’s Disease Public Policy Forum in Washington, DC

The Chapter’s first Memory Walk was held in Philadelphia.
Delaware: The first statewide education conference offered.
Multicultural Outreach Program established.

1992 Wilmington, Delaware Office opened.

First Alzheimer's drug treatment Cognex (Tacrine) approved by the FDA.
National Safe Return TM Program Introduced

1994 The Chapter's Respite Care Financial Assistance Program began.

Former President Reagan announced his Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis.
Contact Center/Helpline expanded to 800 number which serves all of U.S.
South Jersey Office Opened

1996 Aricept (Donepezil), second Alzheimer's drug introduced.
1997 Berks Country Branch Office opened.
1998 Co-chair, Nicholas DeBenedictis and Ronald Rubin hosted Chapters Reagan Tribute Luncheon in Philadelphia.
Maureen Reagan honors first million raised for research with Zenith Award.

Latino Outreach Program began.
Lehigh Valley Branch Office opened.


Third Alzheimer's drug Exelon (Rivastigmine) introduced.
Southeastern Pennsylvania: Asian Outreach Programs initiated.
Chapter Sponsored First International Picks Disease Conference in Philadelphia.
First Chocolate Symphony Held at Ardrossan in Villanova, PA.

2001 Fourth Alzheimer's drug, Reminyl (Galantamine) approved. Renamed Razadyne in 2005.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: SEPA became one of the first chapters to be a part of 24/7/365 Contact Center/Helpline.
The Delaware, South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapters formed the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter.
Delaware Valley Chapter received three-year $1.2 million grant through the Federal Administration on Aging to provide free memory loss screenings to multicultural communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania.


Namenda, (Memantine HCI) fifth treatment for moderate to severe Alzheimer's approved by the FDA.
Chapter launched Professional Training Program to enhance knowledge and understanding of direct care personnel.
First Alzheimer's Town Meeting held in Bucks County, PA.


Current First Lady Laura Bush and six former first ladies hosted First Generations Gala Benefit in Washington, D. C.
Chapter hosted International and National conferences on Alzheimer's disease in Philadelphia.
Grant awarded to expand services in Salem County, New Jersey.
Former President Reagan died from Alzheimer's complications.


Ambassador program began with first level grant.
New Jersey passed Safe Return TM bill.
Atlantic County, New Jersey Branch Office opened.
Delaware received Federal Administration on Aging grant to provide free memory-loss screenings and education to multicultural communities.
Chester County Branch Office Opened.
Chapter hosted first-ever Philadelphia Town Meeting on Alzheimer's Disease Research.
15th anniversary of Memory Walk in Delaware Valley.
Chapter unveiled six WHYY educational commercials on Alzheimer's.
Chapter produced Programs and Services video

2008 The Delaware Valley Chapter received a single private donation to open the first all professional training center. On June 16, the Julie H.C. Bailey Training Center opened in Smyrna, Delaware.

The Chapter received a grant to update the Delaware Valley Chapter’s Program and Services video. The video premiered at the 2010 Memory Walk in Philadelphia.

2011 In July, 2011, The Delaware Valley Chapter began a new 3 year National Strategic Plan, focusing on increasing awareness and concern, early stage services and finding a cure.
A nationwide change to our annual Memory Walk to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
The Chapter opened the country’s first Early Stage Social Engagement Program, The REC Center.


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