Our mission is ”to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families—through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life.”
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America was founded by a consortium of organizations to fill the gap that existed on a national level to assure quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and to their caregivers and families.
Our focus is "Caring for the Nation...One Person at a Time."
AFA unites more than 1,600 member organizations from coast-to-coast that are dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional and practical needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and their caregivers and families. Under AFA's umbrella, these organizations collaborate on education, resources, best practices and advocacy —all resulting in better care for those affected by the disease.
AFA believes that by raising awareness of the disease and educating healthcare professionals and the public at large, we will:
remove the fear and denial surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses
- Lead to early detection and proper treatment
- Prompt greater utilization of community resources
- Ultimately improve quality of life
Donations help fund our toll-free helpline with counseling by licensed social workers, resources and referrals; educational conferences; national initiatives such as National Memory Screening Day, professional education and training ; and AFA Teens to educate and engage the younger generation. In addition, AFA provides family respite care grants and grants for member organizations that provide direct care and support; and, through strategic partnerships, AFA funds research for medical treatment and a cure.
Click here to access the AFA Network of Web sites.
Based on its efficacy in the United States, AFA established a sister organization in Canada, Alzheimer's Foundation for Caregiving in Canada.
As the incidence of Alzheimer's disease escalates worldwide, the Alzheimer's Foundation International, an outgrowth of AFA, is bringing education, programs and services to other countries. Eric J. Hall serves as president and CEO of AFI as well as AFA. Currently, AFI's member organizations are AFA, its founding member; Alzheimer's Foundation for Caregiving in Canada; and Alzheimer's Foundation of Israel.