Founded in 2011, the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Junior Board works to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among individuals in their 20s and 30s. The Junior Board carries out this mission through fundraising events, support programs, education, and advocacy initiatives.
We are a group of civic-minded young professionals who have all been affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia in some way. Many of us have lost loved ones—parents, grandparents, and friends—and/or have served as caregivers. Although we have different experiences with this disease, we are united by a single desire to see an end to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Composed of over 70 up-and-coming young professionals, our members range in age between 21 and 40 and reside throughout the City of Chicago and the neighboring suburbs. As one of Chicago’s premier Junior Boards, we are the recipient of YNPN Chicago’s 2013 Associate Board of the Year Award and a finalist for 2016.
Our Board meets regularly—whether it’s to plan fundraisers, volunteer at senior communities, lobby on a state or federal level to improve care and support for those living with the disease and their loved ones, or simply to support one another in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
The Junior Board was created to support and enhance the efforts of the the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter. Since 1980, the Chapter has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. With offices in Bloomington, Carbondale, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford and Springfield, the Greater Illinois Chapter serves the more than a half million Illinois residents affected by Alzheimer’s or related dementias throughout 68 counties, including 220,000 people living with the disease.
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.
A world without Alzheimer’s disease.