The Alzheimer's Association® is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.
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.
Care and Support
We work on a national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias.
As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to advancing vital research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer's disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research and care initiatives at the state and federal level.
See Our Impact
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Stand with us today to help achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer's tomorrow.
The Association has been recognized as a top large nonprofit to work for by The NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector.
We provide care and support to those in need
The Association works to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We are here to help.
- We have local chapters across the nation, providing services within each community. Find your chapter.
- Our free nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) is staffed by master’s-level clinicians and specialists, providing confidential support and information to all those affected in over 200 languages.
- We conduct face-to-face support groups and education programs in communities nationwide, and work to ensure that these services reach underserved populations.
- Our online community forum, ALZConnected®, provides a place for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers to connect with others, share questions, find answers and share opinions with individuals or groups in the Alzheimer’s community.
- We provide innovative resources to support those living with Alzheimer’s, such as LiveWell, a suite of online tools to empower those living with the disease.
- We provide caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information through our Alzheimer's and Dementia caregiving section, which features sections on early-stage, middle-stage and late-stage caregiving.
- Our free online tool, Alzheimer's Navigator®, helps those facing the disease to determine their needs and develop an action plan.
- We make it easy for families to find programs and services using the Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder, a comprehensive database of dementia and aging-related resources.
- We house the Alzheimer's Association Green-Field Library, the nation's foremost library and resource center devoted to increasing knowledge about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
- Our safety services, including MedicAlert®+ Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, provide assistance when someone with the disease wanders or has a medical emergency.
We educate and raise awareness to grow understanding
- Our education programs for the general public, both online and in person, feature information on topics such as diagnosis, warning signs, communication, living with Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving techniques.
- We provide clinicians with the tools to diagnose Alzheimer’s and to educate people with the disease on available therapies and resources.
- We educate our nation's lawmakers on the Alzheimer's crisis and engage them in our efforts to fight the disease.
- Our awareness campaigns explain the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical aging, and the power of early detection.
We accelerate research across the globe
As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress toward methods of treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. See our Research and Progress section.
- Through the Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program, we have invested over $475 million to more than 3,000 scientific investigations since 1982.
- We convene researchers at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC)®, the world’s largest and most influential forum for the dementia research community.
- We bring researchers together worldwide to advance scientific data sharing through the Global Alzheimer’s Association International Network (GAAIN), a first-of-its-kind online database with advanced analytical tools to accelerate discoveries.
- Our scientific journal, Alzheimer’s & Dementia®, provides a single publication for the global scientific community to share its diverse knowledge.
- Our professional society, Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART), is the only professional society designed exclusively for individuals dedicated to Alzheimer's and dementia science.
- We accelerate clinical studies by connecting healthy volunteers, people with the disease and caregivers to current studies through Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch®, a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service.
- We play a key role in increasing knowledge about prevention and risk reduction. In 2018, the Association funded and implemented U.S. POINTER, a first-of-its-kind lifestyle intervention trial to reduce risk of cognitive decline
and dementia. The Association is also funding SPRINT MIND 2.0, a study to clarify the role of lowering blood pressure in reducing dementia risk.
We advocate for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer's disease
The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer's disease advocacy, ensuring that the need for Alzheimer's care, education and research is heard at every level of government.
- Working with the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), the Association’s advocacy arm, we assemble and train a nationwide network of advocates whose voices are critical in engaging elected officials.
- We help pass landmark legislation such as the National Alzheimer's Project Act, which mandated the creation of a national plan to fight Alzheimer's and coordinates efforts toward its first goal to prevent and effectively treat the
disease by 2025.
- We strengthen the federal government’s commitment to Alzheimer’s research. In 2018, the Association and AIM helped secure a historic $425 million funding increase, bringing total funding for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health to $2.4 billion annually.
- We develop resources, including the annual Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, to educate decision makers on the economic and emotional toll that Alzheimer's takes on families and the nation.
- We secure quality health care services for those affected. The Alzheimer’s Association and AIM were instrumental in a 2016 decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ensuring that people with Alzheimer’s have
access to care planning with a medical professional through Medicare.
Join our cause
- Volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association. Plan an event, facilitate a support group or sign up for another opportunity to advance the cause.
- Advocate for those affected by Alzheimer’s and urge legislators to make the disease a national priority.
- Participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease care, support and research.
- Register for The Longest Day®. On the summer solstice, select any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s.
- Donate to advance vital research and provide care and support programs.
- Register for Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch®, a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer's, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies.