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The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter is here to help.

Support

Helpline
Care consultation
Support groups
Message boards
Early Onset Alzheimer's

Education

Publications
Lending Library
Newsletter
Education programs
Professional training
Multilingual information
Choosing A Nursing Home

Resources

MedicAlert®+Safe Return®
Local resources and referrals
Thank You For Your Patience Cards
Activities
Clinical trials index

Helpline 800.272.3900

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.

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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: 800.272.3900
E-mail: wvinfo@alz.org

Support Groups

We offer a variety of support groups for all individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The purpose of a support group is to provide a non-threatening and non-judgemental place for participants to express their feelings and talk about their needs and concerns. A support group is a forum for exchanging information, getting practical ideas, learning about local resources and developing new friendships. Participation in a support group also provides emotional support. You'll find people who will listen and understand so you are no longer alone.

Click here to find a support group near you.
Support group listing.

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.

Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer's disease is not just a disease of the elderly. Younger-Onset Alzheimer's disease accounts for 200,000 to 500,000 individuals - all under the age of 65, and some in their 30's, 40's and 50's. Click here for more information and resources about Younger-Onset Alzheimer's.

Publications

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

Each regional office has a lending library 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 800.272.3900.

Caregiver Handbook
This Handbook contains basic information on Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, communication techniques, understanding and managing behaviors, advance directives and much more.Click here or call 800.272.3900 to purchase your own copy of this valuable caregiver resource.

 

Lending Library

Each regional office has a small lending library of books and videos. They are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no fee, but we do take credit card information in the event that a book or video is not returned in a reasonable amount of time. Click here to access a list of lending library books and videos.

Newsletter

Sign up for our quarterly newsletter, the Caregiver.

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Read back issues of The Caregiver.

Educational programs

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

Education program listing.

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.

List of facilities/organizations trained by the Alzheimer's Association, WV Chapter

Click here for more information about professional training

 

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.

Choosing A Nursing Home

The process of evaluating and choosing a nuring home for your loved one with Alzheimer's disease can be confusing. Our tool, Choosing A Nursing Home: What to Look for, What to Ask can guide you through many of the questions you may have or may need to ask when visiting facilities. You can also visit the West Virginia Health Care Association's website, http://www.wvhca.org for more informaiton on selecting a long term facility.

MedicAlert®+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.

Local scholarships are available to pay the registration fee. Please call 800.272.3900 or e-mail wvinfo@alz.org.   

Learn more about Safe Return.

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 more information, please contact us:

By phone: 800.272.3900
By e-mail: wvinfo@alz.org
Local Resources and Web Resources
Check out our resources page. Here you can find links to informative web sites about Alzheimer's disease and caregiving, as well as links to services available to families dealing with Alzheimer's disease.

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Thanks For Your Patience Cards

  • Download "Thanks For Your Patience" Cards here.     

Activities

Activities are the "things we do," like getting dressed, doing chores, playing cards - or even paying bills. They can be active or passive, done alone, or with others Activities can help create meaning and purpose in the lives of people with dementia. The art of activities is not what is done; it is in the doing. Therefore, it is important to consider what the individual is able to do, what he or she enjoys doing, and any physical problems that may prevent or limit activities. Download a list of 101 Activities to do with your loved one here   

Clinical trials index

Clinical Trial Match


 

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.