Non-Profit Spotlight: The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter – working towards a world without Alzheimer's

Guest Blogger: Sarah Cronin, E-Philanthropy Coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter

Who is your best friend? Is it your mother? Father? Sister? Brother? Cousin? What if you had to sit back and watch Alzheimer’s slowly steal them from you? Everywhere you turn someone you know is touched by Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association 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. Our vision: A world without Alzheimer’s.

It is estimated that more than 200,000 Georgians have Alzheimer’s and nearly 500,000 others are affected through their roles as caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter has been serving the Georgia area since 1982 and has seven regional offices, along with the state office in Atlanta.  In fiscal year 2007, the Georgia Chapter was able to serve over 124,000 individuals through programs and services.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 250,000 callers each year and provides translation services in more than 170 languages. We run more than 4,500 support groups throughout the country and connect people across the globe through our online message boards. We deliver 20,000 education programs annually and offer online information in 17 languages.

The Alzheimer’s Association is also the largest, private non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure.  Through our partnerships and funded projects, we have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.

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 effort. 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.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter relies upon community based fundraising efforts in order to serve families that need our support.  As pointed out above, the need for support is growing rapidly. We would welcome you getting involved in any of our fundraising activities or your investment in our cause as a donor.

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