If you or a loved one recently have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia, you are probably wondering what to do next. Although there is yet no cure for Alzheimer's disease, there are steps you can take to make the journey easier for you and your loved ones. The Alzheimer's Association is here to help you every step of the way.
Be Informed The Alzheimer's Association offers a range of education programs to help people better understand the disease, maintain their health and be more effective caregivers. Take a look at the education calendar to find out about what programs are being offered. Almost all education programs are offered free of charge to caregivers.
Call the Alzheimer's AssociationCall 800-272-3900 or the Alzheimer's Association office nearest you to speak to a dementia care professional. Whether you need immediate assistance or help planning for the future, the Alzheimer's Association can help. Caring and knowledgeable staff can answer questions, offer advice, connect you to services in your area and, in some cases, help you plan and manage the care of a loved one.
Join a Support GroupThe support and friendship of people who are facing a similar situation can be both comforting and empowering. The Alzheimer's Association - North Central Texas Chapter offers many different support groups throughout its forty-county area. Call 800-272-3900 or visit the list of support groups to find a meeting that is right for you. There is also an Early Stage Group for people with early stage dementia and their caregivers and an Early Stage Social Engagement Program that meets weekly to give those with early stage dementia an opportunity to meet and socialize.
MedicAlert®+Safe Return®MedicAlert®+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. Enroll in MedicAlert®+Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® long before someone gets lost.
Help the Research Effort Clinical trials are research studies employing people as subjects, conducted in order to determine how safe and effective potential treatments are. Right now, more than 100 studies pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are underway and recruiting volunteers. Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch is a free, confidential, interactive tool that matches people to appropriate clinical trials in their area.
Walk to End Alzheimer's The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in the fall, this inspiring event unites the entire community--family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more--in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. Find out how you and your and your friends and family can participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's.