The Alzheimer's Association provides support for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and works to enhance the quality of care that is available, according to its website. The association has local chapters nationwide providing services for each community.
The Alzheimer's Association also provides a helpline to give information and counseling to people affected by the disease. The line has more than 250,000 callers each year, in more than 200 languages, says the Alzheimer's Association website. The association facilitates the connection of individuals and families affected by dementia through international online message boards and more than 4,500 support groups in the United States.
The Alzheimer's Association has many online sources for educating caregivers and families in all phases of the disease. It also helps match people with clinical studies and medical research trials that may be appropriate. The association also funds Alzheimer's research to promote the progress of new treatments and preventions and work toward ultimately finding a cure, according to its website.
Additionally, the association engages in political advocacy to influence policy and legislation and make Alzheimer's disease a priority to government on the local, state and national level. The association's advocates hold an annual march on Capitol Hill to meet with elected officials, reports the Alzheimer's Association website.