Beth Kallmyer, MSW, is vice president of Care and Support for the Alzheimer’s Association, overseeing national and local programs for individuals facing Alzheimer’s and their families, as well as outreach to professional care providers.
Kallmyer leads the Association’s care and support services, including the 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900). This nationwide resource, staffed by specialists and master’s-level clinicians, offers confidential information and support to people affected by Alzheimer's and other dementia. She also manages ALZConnected®, a free online community for people living with dementia and their caregivers, and Alzheimer’s Navigator®, an online assessment tool to help those facing the disease create personalized action plans. Additionally, Kallmyer oversees all of the Association’s education programs, including the new Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia and 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, as well as the delivery of support groups and care consultation services nationwide.
Kallmyer managed the development of the Association’s Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, which outline recommendations for quality care practices based on a comprehensive review of current evidence, best practice and expert opinion. The recommendations were published as a supplement to The Gerontologist and are being used to train care providers and facilities across the U.S. She oversees the Association’s efforts to influence quality care in long-term care and community-based settings through a variety of initiatives based on the practice recommendations.
Kallmyer oversees a number of psychosocial research projects measuring the effectiveness of interventions for caregivers and individuals living with dementia.
In addition to nationwide initiatives, Kallmyer and her team work with more than 70 Association chapters across the country as they enact programs in local communities.
As a frequent Association spokesperson, Kallmyer has been interviewed by numerous national media outlets, including NPR, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, “CBS Sunday Morning,” The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Kallmyer has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including health care, emergency services, and community mental health and hospice. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College.