The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help.
The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Wisconsin's toll-free Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, their families, caregivers and the general public can get information and support when they need it. 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.
In the Greater Wisconsin Chapter, our eight regional Outreach Offices are strategically located throughout our 53-county service area in order to allow your local Outreach Specialist to assist you in a personal and timely manner. We do know, however, that sometimes our staff members are out in the community teaching classes or serving families right when you need them most. In this case, we encourage you to use our Helpline services, which are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling 1-800-272-3900.
Some persons have the need for specialized or intensive support, and are cared for by staff through Care Consultation services. Provided over the phone, in your home or care facility, at a diagnostic clinic or the local Association office, persons assisted through this service find answers, begin steps toward future planning & experience ongoing support. These services can include:
Assessment of needs
Assistance with planning and problem solving
Contact us for more information:
While traditional support groups continue to be the foundation of the chapter's services, specialty support opportunities are also available. Support groups are available for persons newly diagnosed, those in an early stage or with early onset of Alzheimer's, and many other unique needs. Groups meet at a variety of times and in a variety of settings, are confidential, free and open to the public.
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.
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, contact a local outreach office today.
Education programs are designed to meet the needs of all persons affected by dementia. The chapter's Dementia Specialist program is among the most popular for professionals, and a host of other offerings are available for families, community groups and persons diagnosed. We offer many educational programs each year that address the specific interests of the general public, individuals with the disease and their families. Call your local outreach office for more 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.
Safety Services/Medic Alert + Safe Return®
The Alzheimer’s Association has entered into partnership with MedicAlert, an organization that has been in business for more than 50 years, providing identification about medical information in emergencies.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of this partnership is the immediate medical attention that can be provided in case of a missing person incident via MedicAlert’s Emergency Response Team. A single identification bracelet or necklace will serve both purposes of assisting persons with dementia in case of a missing person incident, as well as providing emergency medical information. Enrollees will be able to update their own personal health records 24 hours a day through a secure and private online account or by simply calling the toll free number during business hours.
MedicAlert + Safe Return® is a nationwide resource to assist persons with dementia who may become lost. The response to a missing person incident immediately mobilizes law enforcement and medical personnel in home and neighboring communities, as well as across the United States. Contact your local Outreach Office today for more information on how to sign up for this program or click the link below.
As Americans continue to live longer, Alzheimer’s disease is expected to skyrocket from the current 5.3 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer's Association 2009 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures report. This progressive and fatal disease poses immediate safety concerns for people living with the disease and enormous challenges and stress for their caregivers. Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone™, powered by Omnilink, is the first comprehensive location management system designed specifically for Alzheimer’s, giving people with the disease more freedom and independence while providing their family some peace of mind. Web-based Comfort Zone works with various location devices to proactively communicate the location of the person with Alzheimer’s disease within two to 30 minutes, based on the family’s selected plan, combining technology with flexibility so that families can change devices and plans through the progression of the disease. Families have 24/7 access to Alzheimer's Association Care Consultation Helpline and safety education resources at 1-800-272-3900 or http://www.alz.org/ to help support them through the stages of the disease. The price of Comfort Zone packages varies, beginning at $42.99 a month with a $45.00 activation fee, similar to most cell phone services. The cost of the hardware device will vary. For more information or to purchase Comfort Zone, visit www.alz.org/comfortzone or call 1-877-ALZ-4850 (1-877-259-4850).
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
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