The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s disease care, support and research. The mission of the organization is 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.
The Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter, established in 1982, serves 38 counties across Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Chapter works on a national and local level to provide care and support for anyone impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to advancing vital research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. Additionally, the Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research and care initiatives at the state and federal level.
Free services and support available to community members include: a nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900), annual caregivers conference, MedicAlert®+ Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® safety services, and access to online and in-person education, support groups and early-stage programs.
Sing Here Now is one of the early-stage programs offered to Portland metro-area residents. Sing Here Now is a community choir that provides an opportunity for people in the early stages of memory loss and their care partners to enjoy music and socialize. The program is free and presents opportunities for members to create something beautiful and connect with others through the universal language of music. Sing Here Now choirs meet regularly in Portland, Beaverton, and Vancouver. Each five- to eight- week session concludes with a community concert, where members share the songs they have been practicing with a live audience.
For more information on Sing Here Now, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900.