The foundation and its mission were founded in August 2012 by Kenneth Smaltz, Jr. and named after his father, Kenneth A. Smaltz, Sr., who suffered from the disease. During the 10 years of caring for his father Ken grew to understand first-hand the experience and challenges of a caregiver.
The mission is rooted in his journey and understanding of the need to bring support to caretakers by assisting in the care of the Alzheimer’s patient. The organization has several key pillars in its mission.
- Offering grants to support families who cannot afford the full cost of sending a patient to a care center. Care centers offer the necessary respite care that is safe and stimulating for an Alzheimer’s patient.
- Building understanding with community outreach programs of education for the community and caregivers
- Supporting local care centers for people with dementia
- Advocate for increased awareness and funding in the Alzheimer’s landscape.
- To provide fellowship grants to clinical fellows attending the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor College of Medicine