The Alzheimer's Association is incorporated on April 10th, 1980 such as Alzheimer's disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc., is an American volunteer non-profit organization of health that focuses on the care, support and research for Alzheimer's disease. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the Alzheimer's Association is the largest funder of non-profit funds research on Alzheimer's disease. The association is supported by local chapters across the country, each of which seeks to increase awareness of resources and provide for those affected by the disease. In 1980, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has invested $ 13 million in research on Alzheimer's disease. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan designated the first Awareness Week the National Alzheimer's.
The Alzheimer's Association has founded several chapters and started his own research program. The International Conference on Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's disease (CWC) is an annual conference on the updating of research and knowledge about dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Assisted by an average of 5,000 researchers, doctors and worldwide service providers, CIAC is the largest group of international leaders in research and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. CIAC Plenary, symposia, oral session topics and posters include:
• Genetics, epidemiology and risk factors
• The cellular and animal models
• Neuropathology of amyloid, tau protein misfolding, lipid biochemistry, signal transduction and other mechanisms of disease
• Early detection and diagnosis, neuroimaging and biomarkers
• Current interventions and future therapies
• Approaches based on evidence to care and support.
The Alzheimer's Association has set up an action campaign to ActionAlz.org. Through the site, the Association encourages people to become champions for the other people living with Alzheimer's disease. Champions receive periodic updates on steps they can take to help the objective of the Association, and update on the progress of the Association in fulfilling its mission.
• Among the most part, APIA groups, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are seen as forms of mental illness with the shame attached. (Takamura, 1991)
• This sense of shame extends beyond the individual diagnosed with the whole family. (Braun, Takuma & Forman 1995)
• The behavioural symptoms of dementia are considered a natural consequence of aging. (Braun, Takamura & Forman 1995)
• Traditional Chinese attitudes believe that the symptoms of AD to be exacerbated by migration and cultural shock. (Elliott, Di Minno, and Lam, 1996) 11 Ibid
• When the course of dementia includes hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and mistrust, it is considered a mental illness in the Chinese American community. (Ibid.)
• Caregivers who are unable to care for a family member with a disability can suffer shame and loss of face if the other members of the American community of Chinese origin perceive that the family has no proper care for the elder impaired. (Ibid.)
• Face Loss and shame are also evident in the US-Japanese community. (Tempo & Saito)
• Traditional Japanese Americans can see AD as a form of mental illness, so shameful to the family if this condition is known to people outside the family. (Ibid.)Read More»