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The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help.

 

Ways We Can Help

 

Support

Helpline
Care consultation
Support groups
Message boards

 

 

Education

Publications
Newsletters and information
Education programs
Professional training
Multilingual information

 

 

Resources

Safe Return®
Local resources and referrals
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 maggie.lewis@alz.org We check the e-mail box daily and will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

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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: 1.800.272.3900 or 802.316.3839

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Support groups

We offer a variety of support groups for all individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. Many locations offer specialized groups for children, those with early-onset and early-stage Alzheimer’s, adult caregivers and others with specific needs.

 

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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.

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Publications

The Alzheimer’s Association offers dozens of fact sheets and brochures online.  To visit our Publications page please click here.

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 1.800.272.3900 or 802.316.3839.

"Helping the Helper" is the Association's Caregiver Manual. 

To download Helping the Helper, see below.

Helping the Helper Cover page

Inside Page

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Resources

 

Newsletters

Vermont Chapter Newsletter- September 2010

Vermont Chapter Newsletter- January 2011

Articles and Information

Caregiver Corner Winter/Spring 2013 Newsletter from the Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont

Caregiver's Corner Fall 2011 Newsletter from the Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont

Communication Between Care Givers and Care Recipients

Karen Kelly's Story

The Agony of Isolation and Family Caregiving: An Alzheimer's Tragedy

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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.

Education program listing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Learn more about Safe Return.

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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.

For a listing of commonly asked for resources and referrals please click here.

For more information, please contact us:

By phone: 1.800.272.3900 or 802.316.3839 By e-mail: maggie.lewis@alz.org

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Clinical trials index

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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.