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Alzheimer's Association

Mission

The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and other dementia.

The Big Idea

People living with dementia as well as their caregivers deserve counseling, education, support groups, and reassurance that they are not alone on their journey. The Alzheimer’s Association connects people with a community of support every step of the way. Services include care consultations to help families anticipate and plan; support groups to connect with others who understand the journey; and education programs on topics such as legal and financial planning, how to communicate and self-care for caregivers. The nonprofit also operates a 24/7 helpline (800-272-3900) and during the pandemic, has offered services by telephone and virtually. All are free and available in English and Spanish.

When I learned my brother had Alzheimer’s, I was stunned. In my search for help, I discovered the ALZ helpline. That first call reassured me I was not alone, that there were people who really understood what my family and I were going through and going to go through. It was just the support we needed. It's been three years now and I’ve watched Jerry gently slide into oblivion. Alzheimer’s is still the first place I go with any questions. The website is filled with help and support, caregiving tips, the latest in research and so much more. I can call the Monterey office with any questions about the disease, caregiving, support groups and they have the answers. Their support has helped keep me sane in the most trying times. The people who work in that office are the kindest, bravest and most dedicated people I’ve met on this journey. Without them, I would be lost.

- Sandie McGowan

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.