The VisionEducating, Communicating, and Sharing Hope with Patients, Families, and Caregivers.

The Coalition for Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders (CARD) was established as a non-profit organization on March 24, 1993. Our organization serves the residents of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Marion and Winston counties of Alabama.

Our purpose is to educate and communicate to the public about Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders and to support caregivers caring for those with these diseases.

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“People do not realize that Alzheimer’s is not old age. It is a progressive and fatal disease and staggering amounts of people develop Alzheimer’s every day.”

Melina Kanakaredes

The Mission StatementCARD provides information and encouragement to families and caregivers.

The families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, and patients of related disorders are needing help and wanting answers. With a rich 26-year history, CARD provides information and education with an encouraging voice, helping them feel empowered and supported.

We are here to bridge the gap by taking you from fear and hopelessness to empowerment and strength. The Coalition for Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders of Northwest Alabama (CARD) is a nonprofit organization established on March 4, 1993. Our purpose is to provide education and support for the residents in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Marion and Winston counties of Alabama who are facing Alzheimer’s and related disorders and their caregivers.

Every 65 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. An estimated 7 to 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease. The number of people living with these 2 diseases and other related disorders in our area is increasing. Families are forced to adjust their lives to become caregivers. This is a journey you do not want to walk alone.

We can assist you by locating support groups and finding resources. We hold an annual symposium the first Friday in November. Healthcare professionals can earn CEU’s. Family caregivers can attend at no cost. This symposium offers information as well as fellowship with other caregivers. Our newest feature is a monthly caregivers corner update offering helpful tips and encouragement for caregivers.

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How We HelpOur Initiatives

  • Annual Symposium

    On the first Friday of November, we host our Annual Alzheimer’s Symposium for healthcare professionals and caregivers. CEUs are provided for the healthcare professionals and the symposium is offered free to caregivers. Learn More...

  • Family Support Groups

    We facilitate small groups for fellowship, support, and mutual encouragement. Our support groups meet monthly all over the NW Alabama region. Learn More...

  • Educational Resources

    We provide resources of all kinds to families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. We can answer questions, and provide direction and guidance on how to find what you’re looking for. Contact Us...

The TeamMeet our amazing board members.



Whatever your needs are, as a patient’s family member or caregiver, our team will help you in your journey.


Our board is made up of professional and family caregivers, and they are compassionate, caring, and steadfast. Working with us will leave you feeling empowered and uplifted.


We know our stuff. As experienced caregivers, we have a lot to offer. Our programs and initiatives are born out of our personal care and years of professional experience.

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