The Alzheimer’s Association is our Member in the Spotlight this month. The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research. The organization has chapters and communities across the nation, with its national office located in Chicago and the public policy office in Washington D.C. The mission of this organization 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 vision of the Alzheimer’s Association is….A world without Alzheimer’s disease.
The Fergus Falls office serves individuals affected by dementia of any type, as well as the caregiver, in a 21-county area in West Central and Northwest MN. Check out their website at www.alz.org/mnnd.
You may reach Kendra Lund, Program Manager in the Fergus Falls office, located at 116 S. Vine St, Suite A or by phone at (218) 998-3603 extension 1753.
Some of the services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association include:
1) The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public, providing reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 800.272.3900,
2) Care consultation services provide direct support to families and individuals through individualized education, support and behavioral intervention strategies,
3) Community education presentations, and
4) Volunteer opportunities including fundraising, community education volunteer and indirect support.
In the United States there are more than 5 million people with Alzheimer’s disease and 97,000 in Minnesota. These numbers are expected to increase to a projected 13.8 million nationwide by 2050. With these increasing numbers, the cost of care will rise dramatically.
The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to finding ways to diagnose the disease earlier and develop better treatments. By doing this, the organization hopes to significantly change the experience of Alzheimer’s for millions of people.