Families and care partners have many questions and concerns about Alzheimer's disease and often need assistance finding and utilizing community resources. The Heart of America Chapter offers individual and family care planning. 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, email or in person. These include:
- Assessment of needs
- Assistance with planning and problem solving
- Supportive listen
Watch this video on the Caregiver's Perspective on Alzheimer's in Our Community
Caregiver Support Groups
More than 30 Heart of America Chapter support groups provide a consistent and caring place for group members to discuss the challenges and joys of caregiving. Group members share their feelings and find emotional support as well as exchange information and educate themselves about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Support group members bring new ideas to the table, learn about local and Association resources, share new ways of coping, boost each other's energy, and help build confidence. If you are a caregiver for a person with dementia, join a support group; you will benefit and help others.
Another version of a support group is the Breakfast Club, where caregivers meet informally to share experiences at a restaurant or coffee shop.
Support groups and Breakfast Clubs can be found at the Community Resource Finder page. Once there, click on ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION PROGRAMS AND EVENTS, and then in the drop down menu, click SUPPORT GROUP
Kansas Dementia Bridge Project
The Kansas Dementia Bridge Project provides dementia crisis support to individuals with a dementia who are experiencing neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, such as: depression, wandering, resistance to daily care, sleep disturbance, physical aggression, etc. Our staff assist with dementia assessment, disease education, care plan recommendations, resource/treatment navigation, support, and follow-up. The Bridge Project serves individuals residing in any setting (hospitals, homes, facilities, etc.). The Kansas Bridge Project is a partnership between the Kansas Area Agencies on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association - Heart of America Chapter. For more information on the Kansas Bridge Project, contact Katherine Rivard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.272.3900.
RDAD-KC is an in-home support program that works with caregivers of individuals who have moderate to severe dementia or intellectual/developmental disabilities. This is a unique program designed to benefit the entire family. LEARN MORE.