The Knight Family Dementia Care Coordination (DCC) Initiative is a partnership between the Alzheimer's Association and participating health systems to improve care for people concerned about memory loss, or those recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. The initiative connects individuals and their families to free Association resources and helps them to create a customized care plan.
There are many medical, financial and personal benefits to getting an early diagnosis.
How the program works
Are you or someone you know experiencing problems with memory or thinking? The first step is to talk to your doctor.
If your doctor thinks that you or your caregiver might benefit from the program, they can refer you to the Alzheimer's Association to schedule a free care consultation.
As part of the consultation, trained and knowledgeable staff will contact you to discuss your and your care partners' unique needs.
Your customized consultation
"The care consultation was so informative. I now have a better understanding of how to support my mom." -Caregiver and participant in the DCC Initiative
The consultation will be customized to your needs and situation, including but not limited to topics like:
- What you need to know about Alzheimer's.
- Communication techniques.
- Living with Alzheimer's.
- Long-term planning.
- Information about resources available from your local Association chapter, such as support groups, social programs for people living with early-stage Alzheimer's and dementia, and educational sessions.
At the end of the conversation with the care consultant, the care partner will receive a personalized action plan for supporting the person living with Alzheimer's.
Talk to your doctor at your next appointment about free care planning with the Alzheimer’s Association.
If your health system isn't yet participating in this initiative, you can still access the same services and support. Contact our helpline at 800.272.3900 at any time to speak to a master's-level clinician and learn about dementia and Alzheimer's resources for people living with Alzheimer's or dementia and their caregivers.