Community Resource Spotlight
While health care physicians, nurses, techs, and others fight on the front line against COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Association and its volunteers are answering the question of how to continue caring for the caregivers who care for the 400,000 plus Texans living with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association jump-started care in the virtual world a year ago, mobilizing volunteers and moving education, support groups and more into safe online formats. Even as more Texans become vaccinated, that focus continues today.
The Association offers virtual support groups across Texas for caregivers, individuals living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, and a specific group for individuals living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s and dementia. All support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers.
All educational classes are scheduled throughout the week at various times, also on a zoom format where calling in on a phone line is possible. Or you can take them on your own schedule by going to training.alz.org. All classes are taught by trained volunteers.
To find and register for any of the support groups or classes, please call the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or go online to alz.org/crf (Community Resource Finder). Launched in 2014 and combined forces with AARP in 2018, this one-stop-shop helps people find local resources online. For instance, if your family needs assistance with legal or financial issues, you can search by zip code to find elder law attorneys in your area to assist. If you need support at home, resources to assist your family in the community or any programs, this is one place to turn for help.
The Association also hosts ALZConnected®, a free online community where people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, caregivers, family, and friends can ask questions, get advice and find support at alzconnected.org.
Map out a plan to approach Alzheimer’s. When facing Alzheimer’s disease, there are a lot of things to consider. Alzheimer’s Navigator helps guide caregivers to answers by creating a personalized action plan and linking them to information, support, and local resources. Check out alzheimersnavigator.org.
No one knows how or when we will be able to completely and safely resume face-to-face caregiver support. Until that time, the Alzheimer’s Association will be there just as they always have been – just a phone call or click away.
Meanwhile, you can always get the latest information about the Association’s COVID-19 emergency preparedness guidelines for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in long-term or community-based care settings by Clicking Here
Go to www.alz.org to see their comprehensive website. Get Involved with the Alzheimer’s Association. Together, we are stronger! Explore the many ways to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Click here to get involved.
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