Where can you get help if you or a loved one gets an Alzheimer's Diagnosis?
There are many local, state, and national organizations that will help you navigate Alzheimer's, provide one-on-one assistance, and offer direction on various support services in your community, including:
- Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), the Administration on Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Veterans Health Administration offer special programs and support that can streamline access to long-term services for older adults and their families. While some of these programs have qualification criteria, it's essential to investigate what they offer to see if you might be able to take advantage of their services. A great place to start is with your local county health department, which can let you know what is available and who to contact in your county for support.
- The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging coordinates and provides services that help older adults remain in their homes, such as home-delivered meals and home assistance.
- The Eldercare Locator is a national service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects older adults with trustworthy local support resources, including meals, home care, or transportation. They also provide much-needed support for caregivers who need training, education, or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities.
- The Community Resource Finder is available through a partnership with the Alzheimer's Association and AARP. The resource provides access to community programs and services. The Alzheimer's Association has local chapters across the country where you can receive assistance and guidance. Most notably, they have a variety of support groups and educational opportunities for caregivers, families, and patients. AARP's website is an excellent source for information about Alzheimer's and caregiving and has details on navigating care choices and handling issues like caregiver stress.
- State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides Medicare-eligible individuals, families, and caregivers with information, counseling, and enrollment assistance.
- Your local county-sponsored multipurpose senior center coordinates services for older adults such as meals, education, health screenings, exercise/health promotion programs, and transportation. They can be helpful for older adults who are caring for a spouse.
- Your local church or synagogue may provide helpful services and assistance.
- Your loved one's healthcare team or local hospital may be able to connect you with local services and support.
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