The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia and provides roughly $200 million in research funding in 30 countries according to Greg 
Woods, Program and Research Specialist for the Association.  Woods serves as the contact for this area and much of state for education programs, support groups and care consultation with family members.  He is is also part of a small team that tracks Alzheimer's research in the mid-west.   Investments are also being made in cutting edge research, as they search for better treatments, early detection and prevention of the disease.  They have learned that diet, exercise, keeping your brain active and staying social are factors that can reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease by approximately 20%.  
 
Woods also noted that the terms dementia and Alzheimer's are often confused.  Dementia is a general term to describe symptoms of brain impairment, but not a disease itself; Alzheimer's disease is the disruption/death of brain cells and not a normal part of aging.   Due to the pandemic, his work with individuals, families and communities is now being done by telephone or online.   The Alzheimer's Association continues fund raising, awareness/support events such as the Walk to End Alzheimer's and the Longest Day.  For more information contact. www.alz.org or call the free helpline: (800) 272-3900.