My name is David G. Jorgensen. I was a co-founder of Katun Corporation and CEO of Dataquest, Inc. I now devote much of my time to philanthropic activities and support for organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest health organization devoted exclusively to Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. The Association provides support from the local to the global level. One of the organization’s primary goals is to offer care and support to those suffering from the disease. In order to meet this goal, the nonprofit has established chapters throughout the country and offers a professionally staffed 24/7 telephone helpline that can be translated into 170 different languages. The Association also leads more than 4,500 support groups, produces more than 20,000 educational programs, and matches people with free clinical trials. In order to expand knowledge of the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association also houses the Green-Field Library.
In addition to providing care, the Association advances research, as it is the largest nonprofit funder for research into Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the organization has played a role in every major research over the last three decades. The Association offers a peer-reviewed research grant program, which has granted more than $279 million to nearly 2,000 scientists since 1982. Each year, thousands of researchers present at the Alzheimer’s International Conference and many publish in the scientific journal, Alzheimer’s & Dementia. The Association also has a professional society called the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment, where scientists and researchers can get together and discuss.
The Association also plays a crucial role as an advocator. The organization’s goal is to make the disease and its cure a national priority. In order to do so, the Association coordinates policy resources like Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures that educate politicians and policy makers. The group also holds an annual march on Capitol Hill to talk with elected representatives.
Learn more about this honorable group by visiting www.alz.org.