Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Alzheimer’s Association

Mission

Our mission is 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.

The Big Idea

Increase the knowledge and capability of memory loss individuals and care partners to understand and cope with Alzheimer’s and related neurocognitive disorders.

This project will support our efforts to improve the quality of life for both individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, throughout their difficult journey, as well as conduct outreach and offer presentations to connect with health care providers, who see a high number of dementia patients, in order to encourage early detection and intervention. Funding will be used to support delivery of our education, care, and support services. In addition, funding will enable strategic physician outreach around early detection, greater investment in public awareness and continued program expansion, as well as support key staff in the role of direct service provider. We will provide over 900 units of service to individuals with a neurocognitive disorder, their families, caregivers, and professional healthcare providers. Activities will include support groups, care consultation, information and referral, education conference, workshops, MedicAlert & Safe Return and physician outreach.

My father is 62 years old and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 3 years ago. He is a young onset victim of the disease. If it wasn’t for the Alzheimer’s Association free education classes I think my sister’s and I would have had to move my dad in a long-term care facility because we could not cope with his aggressive behavior. I encourage anyone with a family member with the disease to contact the Alzheimer’s Association for help and support.

— Peter Johns, Age 39, Salinas