Our history

The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals who recognized the need for an organization that would unite caregivers, provide support to those facing Alzheimer’s and advance research into the disease.

Jerome H. Stone, a true visionary in the Alzheimer’s movement, was our founding president. When his wife, Evelyn, was diagnosed with the disease in 1970, information about Alzheimer’s — even among the medical community — was limited. With drive and determination, Mr. Stone took a disease that was cloaked in silence and helped to create a global conversation. 

Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We are the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

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Our symbol

The brand of the Alzheimer's Association represents who we are and what we do. It is both a visual symbol of our dual mission of people and science and a commitment that guides us in our daily work in providing support, research, advocacy and education.

While we have changed our look over the years, we haven’t veered from our purpose: We are the Alzheimer's Association and our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

Our color

Purple is our signature color, combining the calm stability of blue and the passionate energy of red. Purple makes a statement about our Association and our supporters: we are strong and unrelenting in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.