Alzheimer’s Association

Our history

In 1979, Jerome H. Stone and representatives from support groups met with the National Institute on Aging to explore the value of an independent, nonprofit organization to complement federal efforts on Alzheimer’s disease (AD). That meeting resulted in the April 10, 1980, formation of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Today, the Association reaches millions affected by AD across the globe. As the largest donor-supported, voluntary health organization for AD, we are a catalyst for advancements in Alzheimer’s care, research and advocacy.

We enhance care and support

The Alzheimer’s Association works to enhance care and support for all those affected by AD and related dementias. Our Helpline offers information, counseling and advice 24/7.  We offer support groups that meet right here in the Treasure Valley.  Our online resources provide families with information through our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center, which features sections on early, middle, and late-stage caregiving and local education programs.  TrialMatch® makes it easy for people to enroll in clinical trials, while Comfort Zone® and MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® provide location management to keep people safe and give caregivers peace of mind.  Walk to End Alzheimer’s is held annually in Idaho to raise awareness and funds.


We advance research

As the largest non-profit funder of AD research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure.  We have been a part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.  We advance the understanding of AD through our research grant program, which has awarded over $315 million to scientists since 1982 and, also publish a scientific journal, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, which provides a single publication for the scientific community to share its knowledge.

We advocate

The Association is the leading voice for AD advocacy, fighting for research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.  We worked with a state-wide task-force to ensure that Idaho’s state legislature approved a plan for addressing AD and continue to work on the implementing it to make certain that Idahoan’s have the best possible resources available.

Take a little step today to have a big impact on AD tomorrow.  Join a support group.  Attend an educational seminar.  Advocate for research funding.  Start a team and Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Do a little, big thing to end Alzheimer’s – call 1-800-272-3900 or go to