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African-American Outreach
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Alzheimer’s disease…

  • Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age - younger-onset affects people in their 40s and 50s.
  • 1 in 3 Americans over the age of 85 has Alzheimer’s.
  • 1 in 6 American women over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s.
  • 1 in 11 American men over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s.
  • It is the sixth-leading cause of death in America.


  • Two times more likely than white Americans to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • Less likely than white Americans to have a diagnosis.
  • Typically diagnosed in the later stages (more cognitively and physically impaired) and need more medical care.

The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to partner with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® (AKA) to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and increase education, care and support resources in the African-American community. This national partnership will engage both campus and alumni members of AKA through local community outreach efforts and participation in The Longest Day®, a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association that takes place annually on the summer solstice.

We are seeking to form relationships with faith-based, service, networking, organizations, and other community groups serving African-Americans.

We would like to present education programs (Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters and The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease) - providing essential information to individuals and families. 

If your community group is interested in partnering with us to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and risk factors, please contact us at 800.272.3900.





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.