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The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter can help you in many ways.

Support

Helpline
Care consultation
Support groups
Message boards
Respite Scholarship

Education

Publications
Newsletter
Education programs
Professional training
Multilingual information

Resources

MedicAlert+Safe Return
ComfortZone
Local resources and referrals
Clinical trials index

Helpline

The Alzheimer's Association Helpline at 800-272-3900 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. 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.

E-mail help

If you prefer, you can send an e-mail to the following:
Richmond Area - nancy.lentz@alz.org
Fredericksburg Area - lori.myers@alz.org
Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck - ellie.galloway@alz.org
Tri-Cities - fkelsey@alz.org

We check the e-mail box daily and will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

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:
Richmond Area - nancy.lentz@alz.org
Fredericksburg Area - lori.myers@alz.org  
Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck - ellie.galloway@alz.org
Tri-Cities - fkelsey@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. Many locations offer specialized groups for children, those with early-onset and early-stage Alzheimer’s, adult caregivers and others with specific needs.

Support Groups

Click here to print list of Support Group Meetings.

 

 

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.

Respite Care Scholarship

Finding a respite care provider, someone to temporarily provide expert Alzheimer's care, can be a challenge.  We have resources to link you with respite care providers.  Plus, for those who need a break but don't have the resources to hire someone to help, we provide respite care scholarships.  Please contact our Family Care Coordinator, Nancy Lentz, for more details at 804-967-2586 or e-mail nancy.lentz@alz.org

 

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, call us at 1.800.272.3900.

The Greater Richmond Chapter also has a lending library with books for family caregivers, professionals, and VHS tapes and DVD's.  Please call our office at 804-967-2580 or e-mail fran.foster@alz.org for more information.

Newsletter

Important Announcement

The number of people affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias continues to grow as does the need for our services.  In order to better meet this need, we plan to add program staff in the coming months.  For this reason, we have made the decision to discontinue our printed newsletter.  However, since we want to stay in touch with all of our friends, we will be sending a quarterly e-newsletter.  We'll also be e-mailing updates on a regular basis.  For those who do not have access to e-mail, we will mail a semi-annual update of programs and events.  If you currently do not receive our newsletter electronically and would like to receive our quarterly e-newsletter and updates, please e-mail your request to fran.foster@alz.org.  If you do receive our e-newsletter now, you will continue to receive our quarterly e-newsletter and updates.  If you have any questions, please call us at 804-967-2580.

Click here to view or print the Winter 2014 Newsletter.

 

 

Education 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 programs

For programs in your area, click below: 

Richmond

Fredericksburg

Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck

Tri-Cities

 

 

Professional training

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.

Professional Training

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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®

Live 24-hour emergency response service for wandering and medical emergencies.  In a move to significantly improve the safety of individuals with Alzheimer's, the Alzheimer's Association and the MedicAlert Foundation have created an alliance to bring you MedicAlert+Alzheimer's Association Safe Return.  Please call Nancy Lentz, our Family Care Coordinator, at 804-967-2586 or 804-967-2589, or e-mail nancy.lentz@alz.org.

Learn more about MedicAlert+Safe Return.

ComfortZone

Comfort Zone uses the Internet and a device to track the location of a person with Alzheimer's. Set-up safety zones in a Web application and receive alerts. Learn more.

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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:
Richmond Area - nancy.lentz@alz.org
Fredericksburg Area - lori.myers@alz.org  
Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck - ellie.galloway@alz.org
Tri-Cities - fkelsey@alz.org  

Clinical trials index


Clinical studies – what they are, why participate

Nationwide clinical trials index

Alzheimer's Association has launched TrialMatch - first of its kind clinical trials matching services in Alzheimer's.  Click here for more information.

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.