The Alzheimer's Association website is the best source for accurate, up-to-date information about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. If you or a loved one is experiencing troubling symptoms, visit a doctor to learn the reason. Call the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900 if you need help finding a qualified physician in your area.
Call the Alzheimer's Association
Call the 24/7 Helpline, 800-272-3900, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 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. This service is offered free of charge and is available nationwide. .
If You Have a Diagnosis
If you or a loved one recently has 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.
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.
The Abilene Regional Office is giving away copies of The 36-Hour-Day
Join a Support Group
The 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 are also the Early Stage Support 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.
Family Care Services
The North Central Texas Chapter has united Case Management and REACH II programs to become Family Care Services. A team of case managers and dementia care specialists work together to provide what families may need to help them on their journey.
Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH II) is a six-month program offered at no charge to caregivers who are taking care of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementia for at least eight hours per week. A Dementia care specialist meets one-on-one with the caregiver in the home, the Alzheimer Association office, or in a different venue convenient to both. REACH is designed to educate and support caregivers and focuses specifically on helping with issues around depression, burden, self-care/health, social support, safety, and problem behaviors.
Case Management works to provide resources for the care recipient: working closely with caregivers, case managers reach out to families to help assess care recipient needs, explain and help coordinate services.
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.