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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 and other forms of dementia.

Help and Hope

Currently available in San Luis Obispo and Ventura County, Help and Hope is an educational program for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their primary care partners. If you or someone you love is taking medication for memory loss, has mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or has been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's, contact Sonya Branco at 805.547.3830 (SLO) or Monica Schrader at 805.494.5200 (Ventura) to find out more. The program is in four modules (over a two-day period), and covers important issues couples and families face at they face the Alzheimer's journey together.

Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch

Trial Match® 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.

Right now, we are in the midst of an exciting time. More than 100 research studies pertaining to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are underway and recruiting volunteers.

Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch lets you search these trials quickly and easily. It also narrows results to those trials where there is a reasonable chance to be accepted for enrollment. This saves time for both you and the researcher. Enrolling the right participants helps researchers accurately measure the effect of a treatment. Learn more here

E-mail help

If you prefer, send us a message to We check the e-mail box daily and will respond to your inquiry in a timely manner.

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

Phone: Call us toll-free, anytime, day or night, at 800.272.3900

Support Groups

Family members and caregivers have the opportunity to share information, develop caregiving skills, and provide mutual support in a small group setting. Our trained facilitators offer groups catered specifically to adult children caregivers, spouse caregivers, and persons with dementia, as well as general support groups. Support group listing. You can also check our online calendar of events for support group listings.

Respite Care

Respite Care Grants are available to low-income family caregivers in need of respite care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Funds received through our grants are of restricted use, intended solely to help caregivers obtain a much needed break from caregiving duties. These grants are made possible by the Mary Oakley Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter.

To find out more about our grants and to learn if your family qualifies, please contact:

Ventura County: Monica Schrader at 805.494.5200
Santa Barbara County: Marcy Oswald at 805.892.4259
San Luis Obispo County: Sonya Laputz at 805.547.3830
Kern County: Judy Ardray at 661.794.6948

Diagnosis: Alzheimer's — What's Next?

The diagnosis is scary enough. Alzheimer's. Dementia. But what happens now? What do you do? Check out What Now? Written by our staff, it is an easy-to-use reference guide.

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 are available 24 hours a day. Join the Alzheimer’s Association online community.


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 toll-free at 800.272.3900.

Our well-known and greatly appreciated book for family caregivers is now available on our website. Our 150-page book, "What Now? Caregiver’s Quick Guide and Resource Manual," was written by our staff as an easy-to-use educational and how-to guidebook. Download "What Now?" here.


Our biannual newsletter provides current information on Alzheimer's disease, research, advocacy, events, classes and more! Sign up for our chapter's eNewsletter and read our Newsletter archives.

Educational Programs

We offer many educational programs that address the specific interests of the general public, individuals with the disease and their families. Our Speakers Bureau provides short presentations to community groups and organizations who want to learn more about the Alzheimer's Association and what we provide to our communities. Our Confident Caregiver Series for family members provide more in-depth instruction on caregiving skills, planning for the future as care needs change, and how to use local resources along the way. Our training for professionals in the eldercare industry provide for specific skill development in numerous areas of care responsibilities and tasks. Education program listing.

Training for Professionals

We offer educational programs for all levels of care-staff in assisted living residences, homecare agencies, nursing homes and hospitals. Programs can be from 2- to 16-hours long with CEUs available. The Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations and related programs are designed to improve the quality of care and improve industry standards of performance. 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.

  • Chinese educational materials
  • Korean educational materials
  • Spanish educational materials

MedicAlert® + Safe Return

An average of six out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s will wander or become lost at some point, if not repeatedly. This can be dangerous, even life threatening, and the stress can weigh heavily on family and caregivers. To help prepare for the future, and to assist in carrying the burden in the case that your loved one does become lost, the MedicAlert + Safe Return program is in place to help reunite loved ones with the person with dementia who has wandered.

Alzheimer's Association MedicAlert® + 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 MedicAlert + Safe Return Safety Center here.


When facing Alzheimer's disease, it helps to connect with others who relate to your experiences. ALZConnected, powered by the Alzheimer's Association, is a new online social networking community where people with Alzheimer's, their caregivers and others affected by the disease can share questions and form new connections. Find out more here.

Local Resources and Referrals

We maintain updated information on home care, adult day programs, 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: Any time day or night, 800.272.3900
By email:

Early Stage Programs

Cultural Connections Families are invited to experience creative environments together at arts venues throughout Santa Barbara. Specially trained docents will share their knowledge with you. Cultural Connections is open to caregivers and people with early stage dementia. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden have joined the Chapter to provide these rich experience to families. Ultimately, the program will include art, theater and music. Click here for the brochure, or for more information about the program, contact Luciana Cramer at 805.892.4259 or


Alzheimer's Association

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