Ruth Drew, MS, LPC, is the director of Information and Support Services at the Alzheimer's Association, overseeing nationwide efforts to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Drew leads the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900), a nationwide resource staffed by specialists and master’s-level clinicians that offers confidential information and counseling to people affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias. A growing team of more than 100 highly trained and knowledgeable staff field thousands of calls each week, addressing issues families face every day. Drew also acts as program director for a $4.9 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living that helps fund the Helpline.
Drew directly oversees and supports the activities of the Benjamin B. Green-Field National Alzheimer's Library, the nation's foremost library and resource center devoted to increasing knowledge about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Fulfilling thousands of inquiries every year, the library serves a variety of audiences including educators, health care professionals and the general public.
Since joining the Alzheimer’s Association in 2004, Drew has presented at several national events, including the American Society on Aging: Aging in America Conference and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Annual Conference. She regularly speaks to the media on issues that impact caregivers and families. She has been interviewed on NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates, and has been quoted in publications such as Neurology Now, The New York Times, AARP Bulletin, Prevention and Consumer Reports.
Drew is a licensed counselor with experience in inpatient and agency settings. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern State University and a bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University.