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Wraparound
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MedicAlert+Safe Return®
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Respite

Respite services provides relief to persons who are caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. This service is available through adult Day Care or in the client's home.

Click here for more information about Respite Care.


Harry L. Nelson Helpline

The Alzheimer's Association Helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 140 languages. Our staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. Also available is access to Language Line Services. This is a free translation service that connects the caller, an interpreter and a Helpline Representative through a conference call to overcome any language barriers. Call us if you have questions about:

  • Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and care options

  • How the Association can help you

  • Caregiving tips and respite care options

  • Services available in your community and referrals

You can also call us for emotional support –– as often as you need. We know that living with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming at times. Remember, we are here for you –– all day, every day.

Click here to submit a helpline question.

Nancy and James Grosfeld Center at Henry Ford Health System

The Alzheimer's Association - Nancy and James Grosfeld Center at Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute is designed to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art system of health care delivery for individuals served by Henry Ford Health System who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. The program will pair a counselor from the Alzheimer's Association with a neurologist or diagnosing physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Following a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or related dementia, families will be seen by the on-site counselor for development of a care plan.

Additional information can be found in our brochure or on the Henry Ford Health System website - Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, and Cognitive Disorders or Neuroscience.

For more information about our services please call (248) 351-0280 and ask to speak with a Helpline Operator.

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Care consultation

Stress and Depression can take a toll on individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, as well as their caregivers. In order to reduce this stress and depression, Care Consultation is designed to meet the needs of the caregiver, as well as individuals diagnosed with dementia. Aspects of this program include a comprehensive assessment of needs, the creation of a person-centered plan of care and the coordination of appropriate resources. Education, coping strategies, effective communication, problem solving, understanding behaviors, and planning for the future are topics that are often addressed in a supportive and confidential environment.

The Metro Detroit office is currently set up to accept Medicare Part B for care consultation services. If you do not have Medicare Part B, a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay is available. In order to receive more information or to schedule a care consultation appointment, please call our Harry L. Nelson Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Care Counselor Corner
We are pleased to announce a new feature called Care Counselor Corner which features a discussion section on our Facebook page. The current column addresses the question: “my loved one has Alzheimer’s disease not dementia or is it the same thing?" Care Counselor Corner - A Story of Love and Loss.

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Support groups

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

Support group listing.

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Wraparound program

A New and Innovative Program, the Wraparound Program helps families and their loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease and other related dementias to manage behavioral challenges successfully by working with community and family teams to identify needed resources, and provide support, education and counseling services. 

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CarePartner In Touch

Carepartner In touch is a telephone based support program for caregivers of persons with memory loss. Care partners are contacted by phone by a trained professional in dementia care. Together, they assess the care partner's situation and develop an action plan that addresses the needs of the care partner while considering the health and well-being of the person with memory loss.

Through regular phone support, scheduled in advance, care partners report an increased ability to handle the ups and downs of the everyday caregiving.

Eligibility Requirements: Must live in Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Montcalm, Mecosta or Osceola Counties. Must be 60 years of age or older OR persons caring for a person who is age 60 or older.

This program is provided through a grant from the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.

For additional information, please contact the Grand Rapids Office at (616) 459-4558.

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Early Stage Social Club

Free workshops are now being offered. Each workshop is a recreational program specifically designed for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. Each workshop meets four times and offers activities designed to promote physical, social and cognitive well-being. Please call 1-800-272-3900 to learn more or to sign up today. Brochure

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Activity Blog

Keeping your brain active and engaged increases its vitality and builds reserves of brain cells and connections at all stages of dementia. However, as abilities change, it can be hard to think of activities that are fun and just the right amount of challenging. That’s where we come in. Visit us here and read weekly posts on activities specifically designed for those with memory loss and their care partners.

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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.

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Publications

The Alzheimer’s Association offers dozens of fact sheets and brochures. Click here for a 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.

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Educational programs

We offer many educational programs each year that address the specific interests of the general public, individuals with the disease and their families.

Education program listing.

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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.

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MedicAlert+Safe Return®

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.

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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. Our staff and trained professionals can help assess whether a specific care provider meets the needs of an individual with Alzheimer’s.

For more information, please contact us:

By phone: 1.800.272.3900
By e-mail: Click here

Additional suggested resources:

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Clinical trials index

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Clinical Study

*endorsed by Greater Michigan Chapter MSAC

"The REVEAL Study" - Risk Evaluation and Education for Alzheimer's Disease
Lan Le - Study Coordinator
1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor
Telephone: 734-615-2422
Email: hbhegenetics@umich.edu

Brochure

Explanative

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