Statement of Beliefs

Statement of Beliefs

The African American Network Against Alzheimer's is unified by a simple but bold belief: it is possible to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease within the decade, but only if our nation is united and mobilized for action and has a clear goal and plan. Given the disparate impact of Alzheimer's disease on African Americans it is essential that we unite to mobilize and magnify the voice of our community and demand action -- now!

To do this we will:

  • Inform and educate members of the African American community about our dramatically higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Identify and engage political, policy and community leaders about the need for increased resources for Alzheimer’s research, drug discovery, care, and services;
  • Mobilize African Americans to become aware of and to participate in studies focused on finding a cure for the disease;
  • Inform business, scientific, and industry leaders, especially leaders of the academic and pharmaceutical communities, about the need for increased research on the race-based differences in the incidence and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease; and
  • Speak with employers about the importance of job-friendly eldercare practices for families affected by the disease.