A BIG thank you: Many successes for Alzheimer families in 2010

As we begin 2011, we at the Alzheimer’s Association would like to acknowledge and celebrate just a few of the many successes we achieved with your support in 2010:

MARCH: More than 600 advocates attended our Alzheimer’s Action Summit in Washington, D.C., raising their voices on behalf of the estimated 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. We released the 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report, sharing the latest national statistics on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

MAY: We released our groundbreaking report on the rapidly escalating costs of Alzheimer’s, Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease: A National Imperative, earning attention from both national media and on Capitol Hill.

JULY: We hosted nearly 3,800 of the world’s leading dementia scientists at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010 (AAICAD) in Honolulu. And we launched both a new online research portal and the Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch™, a free service to match individuals with clinical trials in their area.

SUMMER: Researchers, volunteers, and supporters participated in our Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Ride™, a cross-country cycling event that garnered over 110,000 petition signatures urging the passage of NAPA and other key Alzheimer legislation.

OCTOBER: We partnered with Alzheimer’s Association Champion Maria Shriver in the publication of The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s, highlighting the epidemic’s effect on women as caregivers, advocates and people living with the disease.

NOVEMBER: We celebrated the new mandatory assessment for detection of cognitive impairment in the annual wellness benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries.

DECEMBER: Congress unanimously approves NAPA, and we made final preparations for the New Year’s Day appearance of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Rose Bowl Parade Float, It’s Time to Face Alzheimer’s.

On behalf of the 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s today and their nearly 11 million caregivers, thank you for all that you have done and all that you continue to do to advance our mission.