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The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help.

Support

Helpline
Care consultation
Support groups
Message boards

Education

Publications
Newsletter
Education programs
Professional training
Multilingual information

Resources

Safe Return®
Respite Care
Local resources and referrals
Clinical trials index
Brain Autopsy Information

Helpline

 

The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.

Our 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public.

Our highly trained and knowledgeable staff can help you with:

  • Understanding memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's
  • Medications and other treatment options
  • General information about aging and brain health
  • Skills to provide quality care and to find the best care from professionals
  • Legal, financial and living-arrangement decisions

Our 24/7 Helpline also features:

  • Confidential care consultation provided who can help with decision-making support, crisis assistance and education on issues families face every day
  • Help in a caller's preferred language using our translation service that features over 140 languages and dialects
  • Referrals to local community programs, services and ongoing support

Call us 24/7: 1.800.272.3900
TDD: 1.866.403.3073

Note: Our Helpline staff does not perform diagnosis. If you or someone you care for is having memory problems, please see your doctor.
The 24/7 Helpline is supported in part by a grant from the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


E-mail help

If you prefer, send us a message at ehelpline@alz.org  We check the e-mail box daily and will respond to your inquiry within 24-48 hours thank you.

Care consultation

Our professional staff is dedicated to helping people navigate through the difficult decisions and uncertainties people with Alzheimer’s and their families face at every stage of the disease. We can provide care consultation services to you by telephone, e-mail or in person. These include:

  • Assessment of needs

  • Assistance with planning and problem solving

  • Supportive listening

Contact us for more information:

Phone: 1.800.272.3900
E-mail: ehelpline@alz.org 

Support groups

We offer a variety of support groups for all individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. Groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. Some locations offer specialized groups for those with younger-onset and early-stage Alzheimer’s, adult caregivers and others with specific needs.

Support group listing.

Message boards

The Alzheimer’s Association message boards and chat rooms provide an online community for persons with Alzheimer's, caregivers and care providers. Our message boards have thousands of registered members from around the United States and thousands more who refer to the stories and information that is available 24 hours a day.

Join the Alzheimer’s Association online community.

Publications

The Alzheimer’s Association offers dozens of fact sheets and brochures. .

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.
Click here for a listing

Newsletter

Our electronic newsletter is sent out several times per year and contains the latest information about Alzheimer’s disease and the programs and services of the Connecticut Chapter.  If you would like to become a subscriber, click here to sign up. 

Educational programs

Four-Part Caregiver Course
This four part program is designed to educate caregivers on the necessary skills and information needed to provide care for persons with memory loss. Topic include: Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease & Research, Communication Techniques, Identification of Behavioral Challenges, Family Dynamics, Community Resources, Legal and Financial Issues. This course is not intended to substitute for professional dementia specific training.

The Basics: Memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Know the 10 Signs: Early detection matters

Legal and Financial Planning

Living with Alzheimer’s:

  • For People with Alzheimer's
  • For Younger-Onset Alzheimer's
  • For Caregivers 

Education program listing.

Professional training

The Connecticut Chapter 0ffers trainings to professionals in the dementia field such as in residential homes or home health agencies.  Presentations can be tailored to the audience.  All of the programs are evaluated by the participants to assess quality and product innovation.  Customized in-services are also available.  To learn more about professional training opportunities, call us at 860.828.2828

·         Foundations of Dementia Care (FDC)

·         Specialized Dementia Care Education (SDCE)

·         Activity Programming in Dementia Care

·         Pain Management

·         essentialALZ

·         First Responders Training

Professional training listings.

Multilingual information

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 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. We provide 24-hour, nationwide assistance, no matter when or where the person is reported missing.

Safe Return Scholarships in Connecticut
The Connecticut Chapter offers scholarships to any family who cannot afford the cost of the enrollment fee on a first come, first serve basis.  The scholarship covers the cost of registration which includes the administration fee and the cost of all the identification products. To learn more about scholarship opportunities, call us at 860.828.2828

Learn more about Safe Return.

Respite Care

 
Connecticut Statewide Respite Care

What is The Connecticut Statewide Respite Care Program?
The Connecticut Statewide Respite Care Program is funded by the State Department on Aging and is operated in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association Chapters of Connecticut and the Connecticut Area Agencies on Aging. Eligible families may apply for daytime or overnight respite care services including but not limited to: Adult day care, home health aide, homemaker/companion, skilled nursing care, self-directed care, Cognitive Training, or short term nursing home placement. Contact the Area Agencies on Aging for an application: 1-800-994-9422.
 
Program Eligibility and Guidelines:
The applicant or authorized agent must provide a Physician's statement declaring that the patient has Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder such as: Multi-Infarct dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Huntington's disease, Pick's disease or Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. The applicant cannot be receiving services under the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE), must have an income of no more than $43,198 per year and liquid assets of $114,844 or less. The program pays for up to $7,500 in respite care services per family per year. A 20% co-payment of the cost of the service is required, but may be waived based upon financial hardship.
 
Alzheimer's Association Respite Fund

Purpose of the Fund
The Alzheimer's Association Respite Fund, subsidized from individual and corporate donations to the Association, is a financial reimbursement program designed to assist caregiving families in accessing respite care services. It provides up to $500 per family per year. Eligible families may purchase any of the following respite care services: adult day care, home health aide, adult foster care, homemaker/companion, skilled nursing care or short term nursing home care. Funds may be used for daytime or overnight respite. It is the family's responsibility to arrange for respite care services. Resource lists of providers are available from the Chapter. Reimbursement will be made directly to the service provider after receipt of purchase is submitted to the Chapter. At the present time there is a waiting list.
 
The Need for Respite
Respite care is a service designed to provide a break, or a time of caregiver relief, from the physical and emotional stress of caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. Family caregivers generally find that the task of caring for a person with dementia is overwhelming. They often develop stress-related illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension, or ulcers. An occasional break from caregiving enables an exhausted caregiver to regroup, both physically and emotionally, and find the strength to carry on. Respite care is an invaluable service that truly saves caregiver lives. With financial assistance, many family caregivers who would not otherwise use this service will have the opportunity to obtain temporary relief for themselves, and may be able to care for their Alzheimer's loved ones at home much longer than would otherwise be possible.
 
How to Qualify There are no income requirements for program eligibility. In order to qualify for financial assistance, the primary caregiver must:
  • reside with the person with dementia;
  • live in Connecticut;
  • complete an application form;
  • provide a statement from a physician that the patient has Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder;
  • utilize a respite service;
  • the individual with dementia can not be on Title XIX/Medicaid;
  • Preference is given to applicants who are not accessing other respite services.

Download Respite Application
Click to download an application for the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter Respite Program. Contact the Chapter for more information.
Connecticut Chapter Respite Application (PDF) 

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Local resources and referrals

We maintain updated information on home care, adult day center, case management, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, elderlaw attorneys, and transportation available in the community. Our staff and trained professionals can help provide assistance with information and referrals.  Click on the links below to view a printable PDF:

Adult Day Centers

Assisted Living Communities 

Case Management

Dentists

Diagnostic Centers

ElderLaw Attorneys

Home Health Agencies

Physicians

Skilled Nursing Facilities

 For more information, please contact us:

By phone: 800.272.3900
By e-mailehelpline@alz.org  

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Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials

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Brain Autopsy Information 

Autopsies done through research programs enhance scientific knowledge about dementia, its treatment and, hopefully its prevention. Our Medical Scientific Advisory Council has provided some information on this option based on requests from constituents. 

Please click here if you wish to learn more

 


 

Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.