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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 180 languages. The Helpline responds to over 500 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.
Care Consultation is an in-depth, personalized service for individuals and families who are facing many decisions and challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The goal is for each family to develop a better understanding of the disease, make a plan to secure needed care, and develop strategies for the best possible symptom management and communication. Consultations are provided in person, by phone, and via e-mail.
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 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.
Services offered for people with MCI and early-stage dementia include counseling for individuals with a diagnosis and their caregivers, a MemoryWorks program that offers stimulating cognitive exercise, groups that provide support and opportunities for socialization, and the annual Early-Stage Memory Disorders Forum.
These informative meetings and educational seminars address important topics relating to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. Subjects include diagnosis, home care concerns, patient management, research updates, caregiver health and well-being, nursing home placement, late-stage care issues and more.
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.
50-hour Dementia Care Training for Professionals - An innovative program specially designed to equip home and personal care workers with the knowledge and skills needed to provide their clients with the highest quality of dementia care. Training is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. To enroll, please call our 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900.
Support Group Leaders Training - An intensive four-day workshop designed for professionals and former caregivers who wish to lead family and early-stage support groups. This program employs a didactic and experiential approach to training new support group leaders. For more information, please contact Sharon Shaw at 646-744-2932.
Family Caregiver Workshops - These ten-hour Workshops, focus on a person-centered care approach for family caregivers, and is conducted in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment. These Workshops are offered at a variety of times in order to accommodate diverse schedules of Caregivers. 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
The Alzheimer’s Association and MedicAlert have formed an alliance to improve the safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. MedicAlert + Safe Return is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service that provides assistance in finding people who wander, locally or far from home, or have a medical emergency. Financial assistance for enrollment is available for residents of the five boroughs of New York City.
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
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.