Alzheimer’s New Jersey Disaffiliated- What It Means to You
The Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has disaffiliated from the national Alzheimer’s Association. The now called Alzheimer’s New Jersey, Inc. made the change in order to keep vital programs and services for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias in New Jersey.
The Alzheimer’s Association recently announced the merge of all local independent chapters into one nation-wide organization with national governance. The merge would diminish independence from the local chapters by creating departmental divisions under the single corporate entity.
Kathleen Townshed Dugan, board chair of Alzheimer’s New Jersey, believed that all local donor resources should stay in the state to support New Jersey families. After months of deliberation the New Jersey chapter decided to separate from the association.
The organization has been around since 1985 and will continue all programs and services with no interruption. About 500,000 people utilize Alzheimer’s New Jersey, Inc. services through its 4 locations throughout New Jersey.
WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU:
Alzheimer’s New Jersey, Inc. provides support through its Helpline and support groups, in- service training though care consultations, and awareness through its Always safe program. Always Safe is a safety awareness program designed for individuals living with the disease as well as an education platform for professionals and first responders. Its goal is to educate the individual, law enforcement professionals and the media on what to do and how to act with someone living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s New Jersey, Inc. hosts many events throughout the year to fundraise for Alzheimer’s research. Well known events are the Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s, the Gateway to Hope Gala, and the Education & Research Conference.