Our Partners

Alzheimer’s and dementia are not new frontiers for Rotarians around the world. Indeed, many men and women have been working tirelessly to help those families and communities impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as to help find and fund cures.  Increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia within Rotary and our communities is a top priority.  We are ever grateful to our partner organizations and their Rotarian members for helping us launch this Action Group.

Cure Alzheimer's Fund

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund – is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing or reversing Alzheimer’s disease through venture-based philanthropy.  Since its founding, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed more than $27,400,000 to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for several key breakthroughs—including a potential treatment recently selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for its elite “Blueprint” drug discovery program, and the ground-breaking “Alzheimer’s in a Dish” study, which promises to greatly accelerate drug testing and was reported by the New York Times as a “giant step forward”. Find Cure Alzheimer’s Fund on Facebook here. 

 Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust – The purpose of The CART Fund (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) is to collect and provide dollars for leading edge research for the cure/prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It started in 1996 with Rotarians voluntarily emptying their pockets and purses of change at weekly meetings. Over $4,000,000 has been raised through the coordinated efforts within 11 Rotary districts in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, USA.  Find The CART Fund on Facebook here.

McCuskerMcCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation – The McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2001 to enhance medical research into Alzheimer’s disease in Western Australia. Their vision is for a world in which Alzheimer’s disease no longer exists.  Their mission is to support research that makes Alzheimer’s disease treatable and preventable.  Their objective is to raise the funds to support the research of Professor (and Rotarian) Ralph Martins and his team. Find the McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation on Facebook here.

RePODRotarians Easing Problems of Dementia – Based in the United Kingdom, Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia (REPoD) is a joint initiative between members of various Rotary Clubs who have recognized the need for increased support in the community for families affected by dementia.  REPoD offers a number of resources to the 820,000 people living with dementia in the UK and their families including Dementia Carer’s Pathways and their revolutionary Memory Cafe project model and the Memory Cafe guide that REPoD has published.  Find REPoD on Facebook here. 


Are you a Rotarian or member of an organization that would like to partner with us or learn more about our Action Group, please leave a reply below.  Thank you!


20 responses to “Our Partners

  1. Jerry Friedman

    I’m a Rotarian and volunteer subject in two (so far) Alzheimer’s research projects. Would appreciate being involved in anything that could help.

    Thank you for creating this initiative.

    1. Al Kobe

      Jerry, we need a speaker for District Conference APRIL 25th. URGENT…. Can you help?
      Al Kobe
      AG dist7410
      570 470-2684

  2. Marion Cheney

    I have been a Rotarian for 25 years and just learned about ADRAG yesterday at my district assembly 7780. I am currently a member of the RC Dover, NH.
    Both my parents died with Alzheimers. My mother’s journey lasted 11.5 years and she passed in May 2014. My Father lived with the disease for 5 years and his journey came to an end in 2009.
    As an only child it was by responsiblility to take care of them and manage their health care.
    It was a journey of tears, laughter and building resources through research.
    I am VERY interested in becoming active with adrag. I find myself as a resource for other adult children in the Seacoast NH area who are on this journey with family members…I share experiences, resources and act as a sounding board for this growing community of caregivers.
    What can I do for adrag? How do I become a member?
    Marion Cheney
    Past President 2009-2010
    Past Assistant Governor 2011-2014
    Rotary Club of Dover NH

  3. Allan Cantor

    I am impressed with this initiative. The article in The Rotarian is the first I have known about this. Fresh from the PETS session for District 5550, in which my Club, Winnipeg North falls, we heard about a lot of things, including Ripple Effect which our District is involved in and which helps education is Guatemala, which is nice, but Alzheimer’s is a whole lot closer to home. What about getting the Districts to push this like Polio Plus?

  4. Gretchen Espinetti

    I am a Rotarian in NE Florida, been President twice and currently, Area Governor. I co-authored a recent book, Transforming Your Aging Brain, and have done extensive research on aging, the brain, and alzheimer’s/dementia. Would be very interested in joining ADRAG and finding out more about your intiative. Thank you for bringing this to Rotary!!

  5. Alex Karsanidi

    I am a 15 year member of the Rotary Club of Ridgefield, CT and had lost my father of Alzheimer’s. I became involved with the CT Alzheimer’s Association in the Memory Walk fundraisers for the past 6 years and have gotten many of my club members to participate. I have also been encouraging our District 7890 to become more active in supporting this project and hope to have more clubs district wide participate.
    I too was pleasantly surprised to read the Rotarian article about Alzheimer’s, CAF and ADRAG and would like to see Rotary International more actively take on the cause with the same gusto devoted to the eradication of Polio for the past 30 years.
    I would like to hear more about ADRAG and how to become more actively involved.
    Alex Karsanidi
    Past President 2009-10
    Rotary Club of Ridgefield, CT

  6. Alex Karsanidi

    I had posted a reply, but never heard back. I’m a past president of the Rotary Club of Ridgefield, CT and a Rotarian for 15 years. I have been supporting the CT Alzheimer’ Association for 7 years and been trying to get our District 7980 more involved and to take on the cause more actively. I would like to hear more about the activities of ADRAG and how we might work together.

  7. Adrienne Palma

    I am a member of the Manteo Rotary Club in Manteo, NC. We participate in the CART Fund. Please share more information about ADRAG.

  8. Kathy Linton

    I am a current member of the Rotary Club of Sun City West in Arizona…and have been a Rotarian (and Past President) in the Rotary Club of Los Gatos Morning (CA). Personally, I am caring for a mother journeying through Alzheimer’s disease. But in Rotary, I am the lead in getting our club involved in this most profound initiative. Can you please tell me what you would like our club (or other clubs in our area partnering together) to do to support your efforts? I look forward to your reply and thank you for this important focus!

  9. Raymond Hess

    I am an active member of the Laguna Sunrise Rotary Club in Elk Grove, California, a large suburb of Sacramento. I am also an Episcopal priest (now retired from full-time ministry, working part-time). A dear friend who was an Episcopal priest died from Alzheimer’s many years ago; this was my first up-close experience of this devastating disease. A very close friend of my wife and I has been diagnosed with the disease in the past couple of years, and we are seeing her gradual decline. I would very much like to work within Rotary to help rid the world of this terrible disease. If we can do this with polio, why not with Alzheimer’s? I desire to work in our local club to be a part of this effort, and would like to network with others.

  10. Kirti Khalsa

    I am a Rotarian in D5500, and also the co-founder and COO of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, a 23 year old non profit organization dedicated to preventing Alzheimer’s by funding lifestyle-based research and awareness, including memory screenings. Our Vice President is also a Rotarian and Past District Governor in D5500, Randy Brooks. We would love to join your initiative. Thank you!
    Kirti Khalsa
    Rotary Club of Pantano
    Tucson, AZ

  11. Catherine Eagleson

    I am a Rotarian and my vocation is puzzle (crossword) compilation. I run a website called the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency – http://cluedetectivepuzzlesonline.com/ and have created an e-portal of original puzzles – crosswords, codewords and sudoku.

    The primary objective of my business is to promote the benefits of solving puzzles to people of all ages, and I would be very interested in working with your action group.

    Many thanks and regards,
    Catherine Eagleson

  12. Ronald A. Janssen

    My wife is currently suffering from Alzheimer’s. She is otherwise in perfect health which has made her a good subject for research studies. She has been involved in 2 and is a candidate for a third. I am a DGD in District 6980 ( DG in 2018/19 in Central Florida) and would like to emphasize Alzheimer’s during my year as Governor. Maybe I am missing something but I can find no place to join this RAG. Judging by the replies above I am not the only one. The President of my club alerted me to this RAG but also commented that she could find no way to join. Under donate/pay dues it appears that one can donate money, but I could find no way to join to pay dues. I suspect you might have a significant increase in membership if you made it easier to join. Please let me know how I may do so.

  13. Beverly Luedke

    As the daughter of a wonderful mother that was a victim of Alzheimers after a 16 year battle, this Rotary Action Group truly strikes an interest to me. Ironically, I am incoming president of my local club and attended PETS in February where I was introduced to CART. I have considered proposing this project to my club during the upcoming year. I would love to get more information about adrag so if you could possibly send more information I would appreciated it. I would also like to consider becoming a member as well.

  14. Nazreen Anil

    Am a rotarian and involved with an Alzheimer’s and dementia day care centre for the past 7 years as a volunteer. I would like to be associated with adrag. Do keep me posted on any avenues needed. Thanks for creating an oppurtunity like this onba rotary platform.

  15. Tatiana Black

    I’m also interested in joining, this action group. Please advise how I can get involved? I belong to District 7410 in Northeast Pa. and I have dealt with family and friends with this disease and would like to help.

  16. Junior Dias

    I’m a Rotaract member for more than a decade, and I’m a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin, I would like to know if you have any kind of grant that could support my studies.
    Kind regards.


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