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Care and Support is at the heart of the Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter.  Though provided free of charge, there is unparalleled value in Core Programs and Services.

Education.  We provide educational courses for caregivers and people living with Alzheimer’s disease in every corner of the state, including “The Savvy Caregiver Program”.  This comprehensive, evidence-based course emphasizes effective communication strategies, addresses challenging behaviors and perhaps most importantly, teaches the caregiver how to take care of themselves.

The Spanish-language “Cuidando Con Respeto” is a complete cultural translation of the Savvy Caregiver Program, with a sensitivity to the values and customs of Spanish-speaking families in New Mexico.  A similar cultural adaptation is employed with our “Savvy Across Indian Country” program, presented in partnership with NICOA and Indian AAA.

“Know the 10 Warning Signs”, “The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease”, “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers” are just some of the beneficial classes we offer regularly throughout the state.   Our “Conversations about Dementia” series delves well beyond the basics with specialized presentations on legal issues, research updates, understanding Medicaid, long-term planning and more – all tailored to benefit the family caregiver.

Respite Reimbursement.  We provide a $300 a year respite for in-home caregivers whose loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.  We can also provide a $1,000 once-in-a-lifetime emergency respite.  Additional respite is available for participants of the Savvy Caregiver course and the Annual Family Caregiver Conferences.

24/7 Helpline.  You can get help and information from the Alzheimer’s Association any time, day or night.  Our afterhours calls are routed through our national office in Chicago, and assistance is available in 170 different languages.  Toll-free: 1 (800) 272-3900.

Support Groups.  We organize a variety of different support groups statewide, each with a unique focus (Caregiver’s Groups, Early Stage groups, etc.).  Our website can help you locate a group near you: alz.org/newmexico.

Safety Programs.  Concern for the safety of our seniors is paramount, particularly those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.  Our safety programs include MedicAlert/SafeReturn, Comfort Zone, Project Lifesaver, Dementia & Driving Resource Kit (alz.org/driving); and we also partner with the NM Department of Public Safety for Silver Alert.

Care Consultation.  We provide direct, one on one care consultation in each of our regional offices; and we can also do it over the phone or online.  Our staff is trained to assist families and individuals in designing an action plan based on identified needs.

Information and Referral.  We have access to a wide variety of information, tools and resources; and we are happy to share.  In addition to our own vast collection of guides and brochures, we are a statewide referral source for aging issues, partnering with the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, the Aging and Disability Resource Center, the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs, the Veteran’s Service Office and others. 

Early Stage Programming.  We work directly with people who have Alzheimer’s. We invite them to serve on our committees, participate in our Advocacy efforts, and encourage them to contribute in any way they feel comfortable volunteering.  We hold an Early Stage support group specifically for people who have the disease and want to stay active; and Memory Cafes that provide support and activities for them and their caregivers.

To learn more about any of these services or programs, call us at (800) 272-3900.


We have five branch offices serving all regions of the state:  Albuquerque (Main Office), Santa Fe (Northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (Northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (Southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (Southwestern New Mexico). 

If you need help, anywhere in the state, call us: (800) 272-3900.


 


 

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