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 Illinois Chapter. The Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter is the leading volunteer health organization in Alzheimer’s disease care - serving 87 counties in Illinois, with offices in Bloomington, Carbondale, Chicago, Joliet, Peoria, Quincy, Rockford and Springfield. Since 1980, the Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes across the state.
In 1979, nine Chicagoland families with personal connections to dementia found there were little care and support resources available for those affected with Alzheimer’s disease. After meeting with National Institute on Aging – they founded, what later became known as the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter – a volunteer-driven, self-help organization offering information and support to those affected.
Six years later, in 1986, a group of Peoria-area activists and geriatric health professionals, seeking similar information, established the Geriatric Network, laying the foundation for the Central Illinois Chapter’s affiliation with the National Alzheimer’s Association in 1987.
Since then, our chapters have accomplished many successes together. Last year, our advocates helped secure the largest increase in federal Alzheimer’s disease research funding in history and our request for $400 million increase in the FY17 funding bill. The Alzheimer’s Association has also invested over $375 million dollars into active research projects around globe, including $12 million in funding to Illinois based researchers. While staying on the peak of cutting edge research we offer free educational programs across the state, 24/7 helpline, support groups and online message boards.
Today, our chapters have combined resources to become the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. We serve the nearly one million Illinois residents affected by Alzheimer’s disease, including 220,000 people with the disease, throughout our chapter area.
We are committed to accelerating the progress of new treatments, care, preventative measures and ultimately, finding a cure.
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.