How did the Alzheimer’s Association get started?The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in Alzheimer’s research. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all those affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about the Alzheimer’s Association that they may not already know?
Many folks don’t know that there are over 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. This number is set to increase to over . In Florida, more than a half-million people a million by the year 2030. In Florida, more than a half-million people are currently diagnosed—making the Sunshine State the second highest state in the country for prevalence.
Alzheimer’s disease is the only Top 10 leading cause of death in America without a prevention, treatment, or cure and is currently the most expensive disease in the country. In 2017, the United States will spend over $259 billion in caring for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia making it the most expensive disease in America. Despite staggering statistics, the Alzheimer’s Association remains optimistic that the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease is out there.
How has the Alzheimer’s Association grown over the years?
The Alzheimer’s Association has grown drastically over the past (almost) 40 years is serving families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in communities all around the nation. Locally, we are providing care and support to over 5,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in the Big Bend Region through training and education programs, support groups, and our new Memories in the Making(R) program. We also offer a 24/7 toll-free helpline at 800.272.3900.
How can people become involved with the Alzheimer’s Association?
We’re gearing up for our 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and we’d love your help! This year’s Walk will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Cascades Park. Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM and the opening ceremony will begin at 9:00 AM. Visit act.alz.org/tallahassee to register your team and join in the fight against Alzheimer’s today!
What’s next for the Alzheimer’s Association?
The Alzheimer’s Association has a heavy focus on research and advocacy on the National scene. We are advocating in front of Congress for increased funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Alzheimer’s research funding, as well as policies that will help families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In fiscal year 2017, Congress approved an increase of $414 million to funding to NIH for Alzheimer’s research, and we are hopeful that Congress will again increase funding by another $400 million in fiscal year 2018. Additionally, the Association is working with scientists all around the world to find better forms of treatment, prevention, and– ultimately– a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
What social media does the Alzheimer’s Association use?
You can follow the Central and North Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and on our blog ! Also be sure to join the Tallahassee Walk to End Alzheimer’s Facebook Group! Be sure to use the hashtag #ENDALZ!
Describe the Alzheimer’s Association in 5 words or less
Working together to end Alzheimer’s.