The Alzheimer's Association
Leave the dreams of yesterday,
take the torch of knowledge,
and build the dreams of the future.
In the late 1970s, Alizheimer's disease was a term few people knew. The general public and most health care professionals equated the symptoms of this disease with the outdated term "senility," believing that its occurrence and course were common elements in the aging process.
In an attempt to find definitive information about the disorder affecting their loved ones, to learn how to cope with its progression, and to gain hope for the discovery of its cause and cure, seven independent caregiver groups joined together in 1980 to form the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, now called the Alzheimer's Association. From a handful of dedicated family members and researchers with an initial budget of $85,000, this association has become the nation's leading nonprofit health organization with a combined national and chapter budget of more than $60 million) serving individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
This charity is anchored by a 60-member volunteer board of directors representing family members of individuals with Alzheimer's disease, health care professionals and practitioners, and business leaders. In addition, there is a Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of physicians, scholars, and researchers in clinical, social, and biological sciences who oversee the research programs and scientific information projects.