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Helpful links for Alzheimer’s disease

Local Alzheimer’s Association

Local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Local Support Groups

A listing provided by the Alzheimer’s Association of local support groups.

Memory Walk 2008

Oct. 25, 2008 at Balboa Park

All contributions of $95 or more will earn participants a 2008 Memory Walk T-shirt. Every contribution helps to provide support and assistance to area families and advance research for a cure. Forming a team for the Memory Walk can enhance the participants experience and multiply the impact on the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Association Senior Housing Finder

What the Alzheimer’s Association looks for in senior housing:

Dementia Care Listings:

The Association is constantly expanding the inclusion of specialized dementia care programs and services in its comprehensive national housing database. However, some housing providers with dementia care, have not provided this information which would enable them to show in a search result. Some housing providers do not provide dementia care at all. When you locate housing you may be interested in, it’s a good idea to call and ask about dementia care.
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Care Services:

Assess all of the care needs of your loved one. If the person needs special care for Alzheimer’s disease, has a tendency to fall, or has other disabilities, you should make certain that the facility is trained to handle those conditions.

Location:

Look for housing that will be convenient for family and friends to visit. You will most likely want to be able to drop in and see that your loved one is happy and properly cared for.

Amenities:

Think about the things that would make the potential resident feel “at home.” Privacy, access to a phone, a TV in the room, a pleasant courtyard or garden, outings, and other amenities all add up to a higher quality of life.

Cost:

What resources do you have available to pay for senior housing? A financial planner or estate attorney can help you understand your options.
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Dementia Care Conference

This annual event for dementia care professionals features the latest developments in Alzheimer care and support.

When: August 24-27, 2008

Where: Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove, Calif. (Los Angeles Area)

Helping Children and Teenagers Understand Alzheimer’s

When a friend or family member has Alzheimer’s disease, children and teenagers may feel upset, confused or scared. Alzheimer’s can be puzzling because a person who has it often doesn’t look sick.

But when you spend time with people with Alzheimer’s you know that something very serious is wrong. They may forget things, ask the same questions over and over, or have trouble even finding the right words for things. Some people with Alzheimer’s may cry, become angry very easily or behave in ways that embarrass you. Sometimes the person may not remember who you are even if it is someone like a grandparent who knows you very well.

People with Alzheimer’s disease are not acting like this to be mean or because they don’t care about you anymore. Changes deep inside their brains are destroying the centers that control remembering, thinking and feeling. They are losing their ability to make sense out of the world.

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provides resources to help you learn about Alzheimer’s disease and understand how it affects you. It’s important to know that you are not alone. Alzheimer’s changes the lives of everyone it touches.
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If You Have Alzheimer’s

If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, or if you are experiencing changes in your memory, this section is for you. The first thing you should know is that you are not alone. There is a lot of help and support available.

Join the Cause

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