This event was started by our grandfather, Richard “Dick” Basiliere, in 1999 as a way for some retired IBMers to stay in touch with each other. The Alzheimer’s Association was then chosen as a beneficiary of their donations. Since that time, over $80,000 has been raised and donated to the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. While this is an amazing contribution, there is still much work to be done.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s disease care, support and research. We provide services to those affected by Alzheimer’s, advocate for policy change and scientific funding, and advance research toward prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure. We work nationwide to serve the needs of those affected by Alzheimer’s today and globally to eliminate the impact of the disease tomorrow.
A donor-supported organization, the Alzheimer’s Association allocates its funds in an ethical and responsible manner that exceeds the rigorous standards of America’s most experienced charity evaluator, the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. The Association also holds a National Charity Seal from the Alliance.
We are especially grateful to those who helped us advance our mission in fiscal year 2016 by making contributions. Total revenues equaled $177.8 million for the national organization and $316.5 million organization-wide.
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.
We provide care and support to those affected
The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level 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 a chapter near you.
- Our professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 300,000 callers each year and provides translation services in more than 200 languages.
- We host face-to-face support groups and educational sessions in communities nationwide.
- We connect people across the globe through our online message boards, ALZConnected®. Our online community is ready to answer your questions and give you support.
- We provide caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information through our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center, 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, and our online Community Resource Finder is a comprehensive database of programs and service, housing and care services, and legal experts.
- 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 related dementias.
- Our safety service, MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.
We accelerate research and create a path for global process
As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. Visit our online Research Center.
- We advance the understanding of Alzheimer’s through our peer-reviewed research grant program, has invested over $385 million in more than 2,500 scientific investigations since 1982.
- Our annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC)® is the world’s largest conference of its kind, bringing researchers together to report on groundbreaking studies.
- We bring researchers together worldwide to advance scientific data sharing through GAAIN, the Global Alzheimer’s Association International Network, a first-of-its-kind 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 pioneering role in increasing knowledge about prevention. The Association has invested in projects revealing that what’s good for the heart is good for the brain, and that eating a healthy diet, staying physically active and not smoking will help reduce risk of cognitive decline.
The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level. We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. Join our cause.
- We develop policy resources, including Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures and Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease, to educate decision makers on the economic and emotional toll that Alzheimer’s takes on families and the nation.
- Our advocates engage elected officials at all levels of government and participate in our annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, a march on Capitol Hill to meet with elected representatives.
- With our chapters, we work to pass legislation at the federal, state and global level. Our advocacy victories include passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), which mandated the creation of a national plan to fight Alzheimer’s.
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 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.
- Start a team for The Longest Day®. Honor the strength, heart and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity June 21 – the summer solstice.
- 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.
The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research. Jerome H. Stone was our founding president.
Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our headquarters in Chicago, a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in communities across the country. We are the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Together, we can change the future of Alzheimer’s. Donate today.