Beth A. Kallmyer, MSW, is vice president of Care and Support for the Alzheimer’s Association, where she oversees 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 portfolio of care and support services, including the 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900). This nationwide resource is staffed by specialists and master’s-level clinicians, offering confidential information and counseling to people affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias. She also manages ALZConnected®, a free online community for people living with dementia and their caregivers, Alzheimer’s Navigator®, an online assessment tool to help those facing the disease create personalized action plans and all of the online education programs and content. Additionally, Kallmyer oversees the delivery of face-to-face education programs, support groups and care consultation services nationwide.
Under Kallmyer’s direction, the Association has grown in its outreach to and support of clinicians and health care professionals. She was instrumental in the development of guidance to help health care providers detect cognitive impairment as part of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, a yearly Medicare benefit. She also led the creation of resources to prepare health care professionals to confidently approach detection, diagnosis and care planning for patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including educational courses and the Alzheimer’s Disease Pocketcard app.
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.
In addition to nationwide initiatives, Kallmyer and her team work with more than 75 chapters across the country as they enact the Association’s programs in local communities through support groups, educational programs and care consultation.
As a frequent Association spokesperson, Kallmyer has been interviewed by numerous national media outlets, including CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Kallmyer has more than 25 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.