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It’s hard to believe that almost two years have passed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have faced unprecedented challenges in the way we live, work and connect with one another. Yet throughout these challenging times, we have remained resilient and focused on our ongoing commitment to serve those in our community affected by Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

It is with that thought in mind that we eagerly welcome the New Year, looking toward innovative and exciting opportunities to drive our mission as we recognize our successes in 2021, including:

Ground-breaking findings presented at the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference last July, and the FDA’s approval of aducanumab, the first treatment to address the underlying biology of Alzheimer’s, have given millions of Americans living with dementia new hope as we advance research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

This is an exciting time to be part of the Alzheimer’s Association! Each of you who has shared your time, talent and resources have played a vital role in our success. With the New Year comes a new opportunity for you to make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. I encourage you to not only continue your current support, but to explore new ways to get involved, share our resources with others, and invite them to join our cause.   

While we still are in the midst of this challenging and uncertain time, we look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead in 2022. Your efforts as a volunteer, advocate and/or donor have made – and continue to make – a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s. On behalf of our staff and board of directors, our deepest thanks for your continued support and commitment to our shared vision of a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

With gratitude and best wishes for the New Year,
Kate Rooper
Chapter President and CEO
Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter