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Alzheimer’s

two older women on the beach - resources for Alzheimer's patients and caregiversHaving Alzheimer’s or being the caregiver for a Alzheimer’s patient is overwhelming, scary and often isolating. We hope you find these resources for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers helpful.

Alzheimer’s Association

www.ALZ.org

800-272-3900

This non-profit provides care and support for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. They are the largest, private, non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The website includes information on a wide variety of topics, including definitions, diagnosis, treatment options, research updates, and clinical trial information. Local chapters provide programs and services, including caregiver support, and help with legal and insurance issues. The telephone hotline (800-272-3900) is open 24/7. The website information is available on-line in Spanish and Chinese. Translated educational materials are available on-line in 15 languages.

ALZ Connected

www.ALZConnected.org

This site, created by the Alzheimer’s Association, provides a social networking community for patients and caregivers.  You can connect with people who understand what you are going through, ask questions and provide advice.  There are public and private groups on dedicated topics.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

www.ALZFdn.org

866-232-8484

This non-profit provides education and hands-on services dedicated to improving the life of patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The website includes information on a wide range of topics related to dementia and Alzheimer’s, including warning signs, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment options, research updates, and caregiving support. Speak to licensed social workers by phone (866-232-8484; Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm Eastern Time) or submit a question via e-mail. Connect with other caregivers thru teleconference updates and discussions, on-line blogs, Family CareGroups and more. Information is available on-line in Spanish.

Alzheimer’s Reading Room

www.AlzheimersReadingRoom.com

This site is dedicated to helping families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.  Find advice on numerous topics, including how to handle challenging behavior, how to cope with the disease, and how to communicate with the patient.  Over 5,100 articles on a wide variety of topics.  Subscribe for e-mail newsletters.

This Caring Home

www.ThisCaringHome.org

This organization is funded by several foundations, including the Weill Cornell Medical College. The site provides information on best practices and home care for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Find videos, photos and animations, along with expert reviews, of home furnishings, smart technologies and home care products all specifically chosen for the needs of these patients. Their Virtual Home lets you explore research-based solutions to home safety and daily care issues. Explore the challenges and solutions for bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen and dining areas, living rooms, stairs, and outdoors. Their technology allows you to “visit” a room, click on an area within the room, and see videos and tips.