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If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, or is experiencing changes in memory, this section is for you. The first thing you should know is that you are not alone. There is a lot of help and support available. The Alzheimer's Association is the trusted resource for reliable information, education, and support to people affected by the disease, and their families.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and can lead to many questions.  What do I do now?  What will this mean for me and my family?  How do I plan for the future?  Our early-stage programs and services will provide you with the support, understanding and information you need.

When Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia touches your life, the Alzheimer's Association is here to help. If you need someone to talk with, call our 24-hour Helpline at 1.800.272.3900


Upcoming Programs

Living with Alzhiemer's: For Caregivers – Early Stage 
Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch
Part I: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Part II: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

Information

>  MCI
>  Alzheimer’s disease
>  Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour
>  Other dementias
>  Getting a diagnosis
>  Taking Care of Yourself
>  Family and Friends 
>  Coping with Changes
>  Making Job Decisions 
>  Planning for the Future
>  10 Tips to Maintain Independence
>  Ways to get involved
 

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Support


Helpline

The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.800.272.3900 to offer you information, support, resources, and programs and services available in your community. Living with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming at times—we are here for you.


Early-Stage Care Consultation

Whether you are worried about memory loss, have just been diagnosed, or are living in the early stages of dementia we are here to help.  Our professional staff is dedicated to helping people and families navigate through difficult decisions and uncertainties that are often faced with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.  We are committed to helping you live your best with Alzheimer’s disease.


Welcoming Series
 

Our educational and supportive series meets over several months and is designed specifically for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, and those who support them.  Each session, participants meet together to receive information about important topics related to living with memory loss, and then separate into two groups for discussion, allowing those living with memory loss to come together, and their care partners to meet separately.  Groups are now forming in various locations. Please call Laura Hawkins at 973.586.4300 x115 for further information. Click here to view flyer.


Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s

Our interactive three-part education program is for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, and those who support them, covering important topics and information for people diagnosed with dementia.  This program focuses on what individuals with memory loss need to know, plan, and do in order to live their best with Alzheimer’s disease.  Programs are offered in various locations. Groups are now forming in various locations. Please call Laura Hawkins at 973.586.4300 x115 for further information. Click here to view flyer.


Connect Online

The Alzheimer’s Association message boards provide an online community of support for those whose lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. There are different forums for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, individuals under 65 years old who are living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, caregivers, and care partners and spouses.  Share your thoughts and experiences with peers and make new friendships.

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Resources


Greater New Jersey Chapter Library

The Alzheimer's Association has a broad selection of materials available in its resource library.  Materials may be checked out in person during business hours or requested via telephone.  For more information, please call 973.586.4300. 

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 Early-Stage recommended reading materials


TrialMatch®

A free, confidential clinical trial matching service offered by the Alzheimer’s Association to make it easy to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria and location. Scientists work constantly to find better ways to treat diseases.  Clinical studies are the engine that powers medical progress. You can make a difference!

>  Learn more about TrialMatch®


Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone® and ComfortZone Check-In®

Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone® and ComfortZone Check-In® are web-based GPS location management services that can help families stay active and provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones if you find yourself outside of a familiar area. 

>  More on Comfort Zone® services


MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®

MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who become lost or have a medical emergency.

>  More information about MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®


E-news

With our free Alzheimer's Association email news, you'll get information about our initiatives, research, events and ways you can support our mission.

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