Alzheimer’s Association, National Partner
The Alzheimer’s Association® is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research, the Association includes its headquarters in Chicago, a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in communities across the country.
The Association addresses the global crisis of Alzheimer’s by providing education and support to the millions who face dementia every day, while advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
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. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.
Dementia Friendly America (DFA), Community Partner
Dementia Friendly America (DFA) is a multi-sector, national collaborative of cross-sector organizations and individuals seeking to foster communities across the U.S. that are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Dementia friendly communities foster the ability of people living with dementia to remain in the community and engage and thrive in day to day living; basic things like going to the store or the bank. The community also buoys the caregiver by adding extra supports such as respite programs. Every part of the community has a unique role in fostering meaningful access to and engagement in community life for people living with dementia and their family and friend care partners.
To help communities work towards becoming dementia friendly, DFA offers technical assistance, including sector-specific guidance and best practices synthesized from across the world. DFA is also working to implement an evaluation design that will measure the impact of dementia friendly practices on communities, systems and, most importantly, people living with dementia and their care partners.
DFA has joined a global Dementia Friends community and will serve as the administrator for Dementia Friends USA. The Dementia Friends program is designed to raise awareness about dementia and educate individuals and community sectors about how they can best support and interact with people living with dementia. The program accomplishes this via an online training that involves watching a series of short videos and committing to take action. For more information visit DementiaFriendsUSA.org.
Organizations & Institutions Featured in the Film
Alzheimer’s Association National Helpline. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call them toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900. Their 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, healthcare professionals and the public.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Massachusetts General Hospital, a leading medical center located in the heart of Boston, is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in America. Mass General is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where nearly all of our staff physicians serve on the faculty. Mass General trains the next generation of medical and scientific leaders and conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States.
The Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (Knight ADRC) at the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Neurology’s in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The Washington University Knight ADRC is one of 29 centers funded by the National Institute on Aging with the collective aim of facilitating advanced research on clinical, genetic, neuropathological, neuroanatomical, biomedical, psychosocial, and neuropsychological aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and related brain disorders.