Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Association Wins Prestigious National Award as Top Alzheimer’s Chapter in the Nation


DAYTON, OH. – The Miami Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has won the prestigious honor of being named the top Alzheimer’s Chapter in the United States.

The Chapter of the Year designation, known as the Crystal Award, is the top national award given to an Alzheimer’s Association chapter for exemplary execution of the Association’s mission, which is to advance research, provide support and enhanced care to families dealing with Alzheimer’s and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The Crystal Award is given annually to one of more than 70 chapters nationwide. This is the first time the Miami Valley Chapter has won the honor. It is for the chapter’s performance in fiscal year 2018.

Eric VanVlymen, Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Association Executive Director and Director of Region 10, said, “what excites me about this award is all the things we said we would accomplish for the mission we did at the highest level.”

“I think the community should know that the chapter worked to end the disease, enhanced care and support and that we have one of the most generous communities in terms of fundraising,”

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, advocacy and research. The Miami Valley Chapter is the premier organization and advocate for local families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive fatal brain disease which impacts 30,000 people in the Miami Valley and 90,000 caregivers in a nine-county region. Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia, affects 5.7 million people nationwide and it kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

Through education and advocacy, the Miami Valley Chapter raises money for research to find new treatments and to find a cure. Every day, the Chapter counsels families through its 24/7 telephone Helpline and provides educational programs and support groups for caregivers to help improve the care they provide to their loved ones.

Last year, the Chapter had 9,000 engagements with local families, which represented a 15 percent increase. More than 4,500 people participated in the Miami Valley’s 2018 Walks to End Alzheimer’s, raising over $750,000 for the fight. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the second highest non-profit fundraising event in the Miami Valley.

Ward Allen, President of the Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Board of Directors, said, “both the staff and the board would like to thank the good citizens of the Miami Valley who come together as volunteers, donors and caregivers to provide comfort to those afflicted with Alzheimer‘s, and who unselfishly raise money for research to put an end to this disease in our lifetime. This award belongs to us all.”

About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Approximately 5.7 million in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Almost 220,000 Ohioans are living with dementia. In the Miami Valley, about 30,000 people have dementia and approximately 90,000 people serve as their caregivers. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is carried out in Ohio by seven local chapters coordinating care and support, awareness, fundraising and advocacy initiatives. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, call 1.800.272.3900, or visit

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