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The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help.

Support

Helpline
Care consultation
Support groups
Respite Care
Message boards

Education

Publications
Newsletter
Education programs
Professional training
Multilingual information

Resources

Safe Return®
Local Referrals and Resources
Comfort Zone™
Alzheimer's Online Care Tools
Clinical trials index

Helpline

The Alzheimer's Association Helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 140 languages. 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.

E-mail help

If you prefer, send us a message at cwells1@alz.org or call us at 512.241.0420. We check the e-mail box daily and will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Care consultation

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, e-mail or in person. These include:

  • Assessment of needs

  • Assistance with planning and problem solving

  • Supportive listening

Contact us for more information:

Phone: 1.800.367.2132
E-mail: cwells1@alz.org

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Support Groups

Support groups are a vital service offered by the Alzheimer's Association; in fact, the Association actually began as a support group. For some people attending a support group can be difficult at first, but the benefits of meeting and learning from fellow caregivers can soon disolve any discomfort.

Support Group Listings

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Respite Care

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be a full-time job. Respite Care is an option for those who care for a person with mild to moderate Alzheimer's or related dementia, and need a few hours a week to themselves. Many of these programs receive training and support from the Capital of Texas Chapter.

Respite Programs

Message Boards

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.

Join the Alzheimer’s Association online community.

Publications

The Alzheimer’s Association offers dozens of fact sheets and brochures. Click here for a listing.

We also maintain a variety of educational materials (brochures, videos, audiotapes and books) on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. To learn more about our library, call us at 1.800.367.2132.

Newsletter

Our chapter puts out a monthly newsletter full of news about Alzheimer's research and advocacy, tips for caregiving, a calendar of events, and much more. To sign up for our newsletter, please e-mail Amelia Frank at afrank@alz.org.

Educational Programs

We offer many educational programs each year that address the specific interests of the general public, individuals with the disease and their families.

Educational Program Listings

Professional Training

We offer classroom and Web-based training for healthcare supervisors and direct care workers in assisted living and nursing homes. Many programs allow you to earn CEUs.

Professional training listings.

Multilingual Information

Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that cause dementia know no boundaries. Many individuals and families in ethnic and cultural minority groups are in need of solid information about Alzheimer’s disease and health resources.

Safe Return

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.

The cost for initial enrollment in the MedicAlert® + Safe Return® program is $49.95 (plus $4.95 shipping & handling) and the annual renewal fee is $25. Additional costs apply if the caregiver wants to enroll in the program as well.

Learn more about Safe Return.

Comfort Zone

Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone™, powered by Omnilink, is a new Web-based location management service that can help family members or friends keep an eye on a person with Alzheimer's disease. Comfort Zone is intended to provide freedom and independence to those living with Alzheimer's, while offering protection against getting lost. Comfort Zone is the first location management system designed specifically with people with Alzheimer's in mind. For more information or to purchase Comfort Zone, visit www.alz.org/comfortzone or call 1-877-ALZ-4850 (1-877-259-4850).

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Alzheimer's Association Online Care Tools

No one needs to be alone when managing care for someone with dementia. Our online suite of services can help you find and plan for care. Use them to widen your care options and help you cope with the challenges of Alzheimer’s.
Click here to access Online Care Tools


Local Resources and Referrals

We maintain updated information on home care, adult day care, care coordination, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, eldercare lawyers and transportation available in the community. Our staff and trained professionals can help assess whether a specific care provider meets the needs of an individual with Alzheimer’s.
Disclaimer
These lists are provided for informational purposes only. This information should not be considered complete or up to date, and inclusion on or exclusion from our referral lists should not be understood as an indication of approval or disapproval by the Alzheimer's Association.

For more information, please contact us:

Phone: 1.800.367.2132
E-mail: cwells1@alz.org

Clinical Trials Index

  • Clinical studies – what they are, why participate

  • Nationwide clinical trials index

  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is currently looking for subjects to participate in the Texas Alzheimer's Disease Research Consortium. The Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (Council) has established a Consortium of Alzheimer's Disease Centers in Texas comprised of the following institutions: Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Visit http://www.txalzresearch.org/ for more information.

  • The five medical research institutions participating in the Texas Alzheimer's Research Consortium are currently recruiting persons age 50 or older with probable Alzheimer's disease to participate in TARC research studies into Alzheimer's onset and progression. The TARC also is recruiting adults with healthy cognition to serve as a research "control" group. All TARC research participants will receive a free standard physical exam as well as free comprehensive clinical, neurological and neuro-psychological evaluation at one of the following five Consortium research sites listed below. Blood will be drawn for genetic, biomarker and laboratory analysis and to bank for use in addressing future research questions. A complete follow-up examination will be conducted annually for all research subjects. Research participants will receive an annual $100 stipend to cover any costs. For more information about how to participate in the Consortium's Alzheimer's research studies, please contact the Project Coordinator at one of the following medical research institutions or click on the links below for current research & trials:

    Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
    Aline Hittle
    TARC Project Coordinator
    713.798.5325

    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
    Larry Hill
    TARC Project Coordinator
    806.743.1575

    University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
    Lisa Alvarez
    TARC Project Coordinator
    817.735.0275

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    Martha Burnett
    TARC Project Coordinator
    210.567.6678

    The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
    Kenneth Miles
    Project Coordinator
    214.648.9338

  • The Alzheimer's Disease Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas is currently enrolling qualified participants for clinical trials and observational studies. Patients and their family members are encouraged to call the Memory Research Office at 214.648.9376 or click here for their most current list of Research Studies.

 


 

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