Our mission 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association serves the 20,000 Montanans state-wide living with Alzheimer’s and the 50,000 family members who provide their care. Additionally, we serve all those living with related dementias and their caregivers.
Alzheimer’s disease is life changing — not only for the person living with the disease but for family and friends as well. Those affected typically know neither what to expect from the disease nor the best ways to deal with its many challenges. In addition to being overwhelmed emotionally, they may have many practical questions about what the disease will do to the diagnosed individual and how to prepare for its inevitable progression.
Our dedicated staff serves Helena and the surrounding communities through an array of strategically aligned programs and services. Our goal is to help those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers live their best possible lives by leading support groups, providing personalized care consultations, and offering educational programs that help people recognize the disease, respond to it, and manage their health care and finances. We also help connect families, health care providers and clinicians to reliable information, to ensure that people with Alzheimer’s receive the highest level of care. Our services and resources are available free of charge by phone through our 24/7 Helpline, online at www.alz.org, and in person.
Your support helps the Montana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to build a robust volunteer force that will significantly increase our reach and impact in the short term and ensure the long-term sustainability of our mission to help families live their best life possible with this devastating disease.
We have been expanding our outreach to keep pace with the rising incidence of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and engage community volunteers to help power our efforts.
Our volunteers need to be highly trained and well-supported to provide three key Alzheimer’s Association care and support programs that will help thousands to face the challenges of Alzheimer’s with confidence and live their best life possible: support groups, educational offerings and programs for people living in the early stage of the disease.
Additionally, we will be rolling out new early-stage programs to develop meaningful engagement opportunities for people living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s. Our early-stage social engagement programs enable people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers to socialize with and receive support from others who truly understand what they are going through. Groups go to restaurants together, visit museums, attend concerts and more. Making these connections, especially during the early stage, can be invaluable to navigating the experience of the disease.
Our annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place in September 2020 in Helena. Over 350 participants will complete a two mile wheelchair and stroller-friendly walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association.
All funds generated fuel the full mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and will be devoted to care, support, research, awareness, and advocacy activities.