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The Helpline is available around the clock, 365 days a year. Calls are answered by staff and specially trained volunteers who offer information, referrals and support to family members, professional caregivers, and people with dementia. Translation services are available in 200 languages. The Helpline responds to over 800 calls per month.
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.
Our social workers provide care consultation, an in-depth, personalized service for individuals and families facing the decisions and challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Our professional social workers address each family’s unique concerns to develop a care plan. Social workers can meet, by appointment, in person in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, or by phone and email.
The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter offers support groups in many community settings at no charge. Before joining a group we recommend that you:Attend an Understanding Dementia Meeting at the Chapter Office. Contact our 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900 to register for the meeting. Call the support group leader and schedule a personal interview. An interview gives you the opportunity to ask questions and determine if the group is right for you. Select only one group and attend 3 meetings before you decide if it is the right group for you.
Over 130 support groups for caregivers provide a consistent and caring place for group members to discuss the challenges of caregiving, share their feelings, and find emotional support. Group members also exchange information and educate themselves about dementia.
The Annual Early-Stage Memory Disorders Forum for Caregivers and Professionals
The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter Interfaith Conference for Clergy
The Chapter Annual Meeting
The Chapter is proud to collaborate with premier art institutions in New York City including The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Folk Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and The Rubin Museum to create outstanding programs for people with dementia and their family and professional caregivers. Our Greet Art program orients caregivers to the museum experience so they will feel comfortable bringing people with dementia for a visit. We look forward to expanding this program to include a full range of cultural venues including botanical gardens, zoos, and additional museums.
Programs and services for those in the early stage of the disease or caring for someone who is. The services include care consultation for families and opportunities to participate in programs in our Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Stage Center.
Our training and education programs help you understand and navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving. We provide knowledge and skills to help you more successfully care for someone with dementia and take care of yourself. The following is a sampling of programs:
For a complete listing of our upcoming meetings please visit our education meeting website.
Our experienced training staff offers programs to sensitize professionals and para-professionals to the special needs of people with dementia and their families. We offer individualized training to providers of home care as well as staff of adult day care programs, nursing homes, assisted living residences, social service agencies, pastoral ministries, and others.
Dementia Care Training for Professional Caregivers - A six-week, nationally recognized program that specifically aims to help direct care workers provide the highest quality of care to persons with dementia. To enroll, please call our 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900.
Support Group Leaders Training - An opportunity for health care professionals and former caregivers to learn how to lead caregiver or early stage groups. For more information, please contact Sharon Shaw at 646-744-2932.
Family Caregiver Workshops - A ten-hour, interactive program designed to improve the quality of life of a family caregiver and the person with dementia. Topics covered include: Understanding Dementia, Effective Communication Strategies, All Behaviors Have Meaning, Safety in the Home, Caring for the Caregiver, and Designing Strength-Based Activities. For more information, please contact our helpline at 800-272-3900.
These funds offer financial aid designed to assist caregiving families to access respite services for brief periods of time, or to provide relief when there is an emergency.
For more information please call our 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900
The New York City Chapter provides an online tool for listings of services including diagnostic centers, home care agencies, adult day care programs, hospice, free legal services, and respite services.
Through a partnership with God’s Love We Deliver, nutritious meals are delivered to the homes of people with dementia who, because of their illness, cannot shop or cook for themselves. Caregivers of people with dementia are also eligible for service.
For more information please call our 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900
Everyone with dementia is at risk for wandering. Our MedicAlert® Foundation + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® program provides a safety net for your family member and for you in the event someone is missing or found. Our 24-hour nationwide emergency response service provides assistance in finding people who have wandered locally or far from home, or who have a medical emergency.
For more information, please visit the MedicAlert + Safe Return website.
This initiative works to minimize the trauma of placement for patients, ease the transition for families, and train/support the staff. The program aims to improve treatment of residents through changing the culture of care in nursing homes and other residential facilities.
Diversity & Outreach
Medical and Healthcare Professional Outreach
For more information, please visit the Medical and Healthcare Professional Outreach website.
Through analysis of issues and grassroots advocacy efforts, the Chapter address federal, state, and local government legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives.
For more information, please visit the Public Policy & Advocacy website.
Trained volunteers are available to provide presentations on Alzheimer’s disease and the Alzheimer’s Association to audiences including community organizations, corporations, senior centers, clubs, congregations, schools and others.
For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau website.
The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter sponsors support groups for caregivers and people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at many locations and at no charge.
Over 500 individuals volunteer their time to support the Chapter’s work including: Support Group Leadership, Helpline, Speakers Bureau (English, Spanish, Chinese), Advocacy and Translation Services.
For more information, please visit the Volunteer Services website.
Alzheimer's Association Trialmatch™
TrialMatch is a free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease) and location. Visit www.alz.org/trialmatch for more information.
The Chapter provides information to families who are considering autopsy for the confirmation of the Alzheimer's diagnosis. Information on brain donation programs is also available.
Our free programs are made possible by the generous support of our donors.