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  • 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) 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. We know that living with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming at times. Whether you have questions about the processes of the disease, care options or you just need emotional support – we are here to help!

  • Care Consultations Our staff members are 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 and supportive listening. If you would like to meet for an in-person care consultation, please schedule an appointment by calling 1.800.272.3900.

  • Support Groups We offer a variety of support groups for all individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. Groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. Click here to view our listing of support groups in East Central Iowa.

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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. View our Educational Program Schedule.

  • 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. View our Professional Training Options.

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

  • Lending Library The Alzheimer’s Association maintains 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.

  • Taking Action Workbook A workbook for people living with Alzheimer's disease. This book addresses common concerns and issues faced by individuals with early stage Alzheimer's or other dementia disease. Each section includes educational information, perspectives of people with early-stage Alzheimer's, and space to write down personal ideas, plans and feelings. Download the workbook

  • Caregiver Notebook The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Notebook, published by Meredith Corporation, can help a caregiver manage the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. The notebook’s easy-to-follow format contains tips for care and planning for the future, as well as a list of resources to use when additional information is needed. The notebook is available for $17.95 plus shipping. To learn more about the Caregiver Notebook or to purchase, visit www.alz.org/caregivernotebook.

  • Coach Broyles' Playbook Coach Frank Broyles, Athletic Director of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, gives his personal perspective on caregiving in a football "playbook" style guide titled, Coach Broyles' Playbook in Alzheimer's Caregiving. Coach Broyles cared for his late wife Barbara, who had Alzheimer's disease. To purchase or for more information, visit http://www.alzheimersplaybook.com/

  • Mulitilingual 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. View our multilingual tools including Spanish, Korean and Chinese educational materials.

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Safety Services

  • MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® 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

  • Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone®, powered by Omnilink Comfort Zone is a comprehensive web-based location management service. Families can remotely monitor a person with Alzheimer’s by receiving automated alerts throughout the day and night when a person has travelled beyond a preset zone. Comfort Zone is the only system designed specifically with Alzheimer's in mind. Learn more about Comfort Zone

  • Pardon My Companion Cards We know it can be difficult to explain behaviors brought on by Alzheimer's to those you do not know or are unfamiliar with the disease. To ease this challenge, we offer free Pardon My Companion cards. These are notes in business card form to discreetly alert others that your companion may exhibit unusual behavior due to Alzheimer's disease. Simply pass others your card and save yourself the stress of explanation. To request Pardon My Companion cards, please contact us at 1.800.272.3900.

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Online Tools

  • Online 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.

  • Driving and Dementia Driving demands quick reaction time and fast decision making – because of this, a person with Alzheimer's will eventually become unable to drive. Ideally, families should talk openly about driving soon after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Making decisions about when it is time to stop driving can be difficult, but dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition. View our online portal, learn about planning ahead and watch 4 families address this issue.

  • Online Care Tools The Alzheimer's Association now offers a number of additional online care tools to better assist you in finding appropriate care for your loved one. The Alzheimer's Association Online Care Tools include Senior Housing Finder, Lotsa Helping Hands, Carefinder, a Caregivers Message Board, and Caregiving 101. Click here for further information.

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Community Resources

  • Local Resources and Referrals We maintain updated information on home care, adult day care, care coordination, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, eldercare lawyers, transportation and more available in the areas we serve. Click here for a listing of community services near you

  • Area Agencies on Aging Agencies on Aging provides support services to people aged 60 and older to help them coordinate services to remain in independent living situations for as long as possible.

    Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging
    Serving: Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy
    and Tama Counties

    Heritage Area Agency on Aging
    Serving: Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and
    Washington Counties

    Northland Agency on Aging
    Serving: Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties
  • Legal Hotline for Older Iowans 1.800.992.8161 The Legal Hotline offers free, confidential legal advice and referrals from Monday - Friday at 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Clinical Trials

  • TrialMatch™ TrialMatch 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. Click here for more information on TrialMatch and the importance of clinical trials.

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Alzheimer's Association

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