The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help.
Helpline is a telephone assistance service that provides information, support, help with care planning and referral to Alzheimer's Association programs and/or community resources. Helpline is available to caregivers, family members and friends of persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias, as well as health care professionals, paraprofessionals, students and laypersons in the community.
Helpline is staffed by health care professionals with experience in dementia care and trained to assist you. Helpline staff can:
- provide support by listening to your concerns and answering questions
- send you written material about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
- link you to community resources such as adult day care, home health care and nursing homes
- refer you to Association programs such as educational workshops, family support groups or care consultation services
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A Care Consultation, facilitated by a social worker, assists families in coping with all aspects of the caregiving experience by providing education, support and referral to services. This program is available to families at all phases in the disease process, from a new diagnosis into the later stages. Special focus can be directed toward individuals in the early stages of dementia.
If you would like to discuss your particular situation, please call the Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 to arrange a meeting for your family at the Alzheimer's Association office or another community location. There is no charge for a Care Consultation, but contributions are welcomed and greatly appreciated. Click here for more information about this program.
We offer a variety of support groups for family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Groups are facilitated by trained volunteers or staff members of the Alzheimer's Association. There are specialized groups for spouses of individuals with Alzheimer's and for the families of those affected by early-onset Alzheimer’s. Click here to find a support group in your area.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides an online community for persons with Alzheimer's, caregivers and care providers. We have thousands of registered members from around the United States who refer to the stories and information that is available 24 hours a day.
Why join ALZConnected? To connect with a community that offers Alzheimer's support. Some features include:
- Home Page: Post a personal update and read what your connections have to share.
- Message Boards: Share questions and opinions with a diverse community.
- Solutions: Get answers to your questions or support others by offering solutions to their challenges.
- Connections: Get connected with others like you. Review and accept our suggested connections or invite your own.
- Inbox: Send private messages to your connections within a secure system.
- Groups: Join public or private groups focused on a topic or shared experience.
Memories in the Making® is an art program for persons in the early and middle stages of dementia. This program, under the guidance of an artist facilitator, offers individuals a means of self-expression through the process of painting and drawing. In this program, a person with diminished verbal and organizational skills can communicate using paints or pencil by recreating a memory on paper or canvas. The art sessions are facilitated by an artist and assistant who have extensive art backgrounds and knowledge of dementing illnesses. Click here for more information about this program.
Time for Caregivers and Memories in the Making
This new program has two parts: the first is Memories in the Making®, a creative arts program for people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and the second is Time for Caregivers, a separate session for family caregivers with a focus on wellness and stress reduction. The Memories in the Making® program provides meaningful activities and social contact for people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The Time for Caregivers program provides stress relief, wellness and enrichment activities, fellowship with other caregivers and the option of time away from care responsibilities. Click here for more information about this program.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers dozens of fact sheets and brochures. Click here for an alphabetical listing.
We also maintain a variety of educational materials (brochures, videos, audiotapes and books) on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. To learn more about our library, call us at 1.800.272.3900.
The Greater Cincinnati Chapter's Cornerstone newsletter is distributed 3 times yearly to everyone on our mailing list. It contains current research news, caregiving information, updates on programs and services, legal and medical news, and volunteer and special event information. Click here to view issues of Cornerstone.
To sign up for our newsletter, please call the main Cincinnati office at 513.721.4284 or send an email with your name and address to Steve Olding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer many educational programs each year that address the specific interests of the general public, individuals with the disease and their families.
We offer classroom and Web-based training for healthcare supervisors and direct care workers in assisted living and nursing homes. Many programs allow you to earn CEUs.
Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that cause dementia know no boundaries. Many individuals and families in ethnic and cultural minority groups are in need of solid information about Alzheimer’s disease and health resources.
MedicAlert®+Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a nationwide identification, support and enrollment program that provides assistance when someone with Alzheimer's or a related dementia wanders and becomes lost. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If an enrollee is missing, one phone call immediately activates a community support network to help reunite the lost person with his or her caregiver.
Effective February 1, 2012, the cost for initial enrollment in the MedicAlert® + Safe Return® program is $55 (plus $7 shipping & handling) and the annual renewal fee is $35. Additional costs apply if the caregiver wants to enroll in the program as well.
Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone®, powered by Omnilink, is a new Web-based location management service that can help family members or friends keep an eye on a person with Alzheimer's disease. Comfort Zone is intended to provide freedom and independence to those living with Alzheimer's, while offering protection against getting lost. Comfort Zone is the first location management system designed specifically with people with Alzheimer's in mind.
Local resources and referrals
We maintain updated information on home care, adult day care, care coordination, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, eldercare lawyers and transportation available in the community. Click here to see a listing of local resource Web sites.
For specific referrals in your area, please call our Helpline at 1.800.272.3900.
Clinical trials index
Visit the Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch web site to learn more about clinical trials. TrialMatch™ is a free, confidential tool that provides comprehensive information about clinical trials and an individualized matching service for people with dementia and their caregivers.
Please call TrialMatch at 1.800.272.3900 (press option 1) to learn about clinical trials in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Various programs and services of the Alzheimer's Association are funded in part by the Ohio Department of Aging through the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio and the Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. All services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, or ancestry.