|We offer many programs, services, and educational programs for individuals with memory loss and their families as well as care partners and community members.|
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The Alzheimer's Association Helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 140 languages (800.272.3900). 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.
Families and care partners have many questions and concerns about Alzheimer's disease and often need assistance finding and utilizing community resources. The Heart of America Chapter offers individual and family care planning. 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, email or in person. These include:
- Assessment of needs
- Assistance with planning and problem solving
- Supportive listening
More than 30 Heart of America Chapter support groups provide a consistent and caring place for group members to discuss the challenges and joys of caregiving. Group members share their feelings and find emotional support as well as exchange information and educate themselves about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Support group members bring new ideas to the table, learn about local and Association resources, share new ways of coping, boost each other's energy, and help build confidence. If you are a caregiver for a person with dementia, join a support group; you will benefit and help others. Find a support group.
The Breakfast Clubs are hometown support experiences where people share food and gather in a safe environment to discuss their experiences. The Heart of America Breakfast Clubs are listed below.
Bourbon County, KS
Mercy Hospital - Xavier Room
401 Woodland Hills Blvd.
Fort Scott, KS 66701
3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
Crawford County, KS
1st United Methodist Church
415 N. Pine
Pittsburg, KS 66762
3rd Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
Kansas City, MO
Research Medical Center, Meeting Room 3
2316 E. Meyer Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64132
2nd Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m.
Labette County, KS
Four Square Church
98 Main Street
Parsons, KS 67357
1st Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
Neosho County, KS
First United Methodist Church
202 S. Lincoln Avenue
Chanute, KS 66720
1st Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
Grundy County, MO
3307 E. 10th St.
1st Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
The Kansas Dementia Bridge Project provides dementia crisis support to individuals with a dementia who are experiencing neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, such as: depression, wandering, resistance to daily care, sleep disturbance, physical aggression, etc. Our staff assist with dementia assessment, disease education, care plan recommendations, resource/treatment navigation, support, and follow-up. The Bridge Project serves individuals residing in any setting (hospitals, homes, facilities, etc.). The Kansas Bridge Project is a partnership between the Kansas Area Agencies on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association - Heart of America Chapter. For more information on the Kansas Bridge Project, contact Michelle Niedens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.272.3900.
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.
This innovative art program provides persons with Alzheimer's disease with a means of creative expression. Experienced volunteer artists work weekly with groups in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and adult day programs. Read more about Memories in the Making©.
Approximately four times a year, the Heart of America Chapter partners with volunteer area artists, high school artists, and nursing home facilities to create a pleasing wall mural for late stage dementia patients who spend the majority of time in their rooms. The mural is typically based on some aspect of the person's life: a familiar scene, a countryside, or a special place where fond memories may reside. See Memory Room murals.
The Heart of America Chapter sponsors educational classes and workshops for individuals with an Alzheimer's diagnosis, their families and caregivers, and for professionals in the aging industry. All classes scheduled through June 30, 2017 are listed on the following EDUCATION CALENDAR. If you have any questions about the class offerings after viewing the calendar, please call the Main Chapter office at 913.831.3888.Back to top
The Library is located in the main office and open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to provide books, brochures, videos and other resources on Alzheimer's available for loan. All offices have access to these resources and also offer a variety of informative material at their locations. In addition to these resources, the Chapter offers individual Information Sheets (free of charge) on common topics of discussion. For access to downloadable pdf files of the individual Information Sheets, or a pdf of an Information Packet with the most requested Information Sheets, click on the links below.
For more information about available resources, please call 913.831.3888.
The Alzheimer's Awareness Guide is a 32-page color magazine full of information for anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer's disease, including: how it affects our lives, how to move forward after a diagnosis, younger-onset specifics, news on the research front, and testimonials from individuals with the disease or their caregivers.
Review the Awareness Guide Online or stop by the Main Chapter office and pick one up at 3846 W. 75th Street in Prairie Village.
MedicAlert+Safe Return is a national patient registry for the memory impaired. This program was developed by the Alzheimer's Association to respond to the problem of wandering. The Safe Return program coordinates information on program participants, caregivers, and emergency personnel in order to provide a system to enable others to locate, identify and return missing persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders who wander and become lost. Enroll in Safe Return.
TrialMatch is a free service that makes it easy for individuals with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease) and location. This is an exciting time for Alzheimer's research. More than 100 research studies pertaining to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are underway and volunteers for these studies are needed. TrialMatch lets you search these trials quickly and easily. The following link takes you to the national website. To return to the Heart of America Chapter website, click the "In My Community" tab at the top of the national website. Learn More About TrialMatch
The Heart of America Chapter sends out a weekly e-news that includes local and national information about on-going and upcoming programs, educational opportunities, fundraising events, and research efforts. Weekly e-news signup is on the left navigation bar of all pages on our website. Sign up today!
Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia: A Visual Guide to Response Considerations by Michelle Niedens, LSCSW. This user-friendly guide was developed by the Alzheimer's Association Heart of America Chapter Director of Education and Public Policy and has been reviewed by dementia experts around the country. In a decision tree format, it provides evidence-based intervention suggestions for a wide range of neuropsychiatric challenges, such as wandering, depression, and resistance to daily care.
The guide is designed to prop up in a table-tent fashion so that the user can flip from page to page.
The cost of the guide is $20. If you are interested in purchasing this guide, please contact Carol at the Main Chapter office, 913.831.3888.
Download a pdf version of this guide.
Alzheimer's disease is a GLOBAL EPIDEMIC. To serve this global population, as well as their families and caregivers, the Alzheimer's Association has translated its most popular and unique online resources and tools. You can access the link below to choose from more than 15 different languages.