In an effort to raise awareness, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article features a resource from the Alzheimer’s Association that bares reminding. In this time, where resources and support are either not available, or, have restrictions that make them difficult to access, the Alzheimer’s Association® 24/7/Helpline (800.272.3900) is available around the clock, 365 days a year. Through this free service, specialists, and master’s – level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with the disease, caregivers, families, and the public.
You can contact the Helpline to:
•Speak confidentially with master’s – level care consultants for decision making support, crisis assistance and education on issues families face every day.
•Learn about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
•Find out about local programs and services.
•Get general information about legal, financial and care decisions, as well as treatment options for managing symptoms.
•Receive help in your preferred language through their bilingual staff or translations service, which accommodates more than 200 languages.
•Access support through their TTY service (TTY: 866.403.3073) if assistance is required via a teletype device.
Their professional staff has the knowledge to address a variety of topics:
•Memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
•Medication and treatment options that may help with cognitive and behavioral symptoms for a time.
•Tips for providing quality care.
•Recommendations for finding quality care providers.
•Strategies to reduce caregiver stress.
•Legal and financial documents for future care.
•Aging and brain health.
•Referrals to local community programs and services.
FOR MORE RESOURCES and guidance in caring for someone with dementia, contact Jayne Mund, Caregiver Consultant, at 651-257-7905 or email email@example.com.