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Helpline

The Alzheimer's Association Helpline 800.272.3900 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 140 languages. Our staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. Call us if you have questions about:Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and care options

  • How the Association can help you
  • Caregiving tips and respite care options
  • Services available in your community and referrals

You can also call us for emotional support –– as often as you need. We know that living with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming at times. Remember, we are here for you –– all day, every day.

Care consultation

Our professional staff is dedicated to helping people navigate through the difficult decisions and uncertainties people with Alzheimer’s and their families face at every stage of the disease. We can provide care consultation services to you by telephone, email or in person. These include:

  • Assessment of needs
  • Assistance with planning and problem solving
  • Supportive listening

Please contact us for more information. Phone: 800.272.3900 or click here for a list of office locations to call and schedule an in-person meeting

Support Groups

We offer a variety of support groups for all individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, their family members and caregivers. Groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. Many locations offer specialized groups including groups for male caregivers and those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Find a local support group near you.

Message boards

New tool connects caregivers, people living with the disease... When facing Alzheimer’s disease, it helps to connect with others who relate to your experiences. ALZConnected (alzconnected.org), powered by the Alzheimer’s Association, is a new online social networking community where people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and others affected by the disease can share questions and form new connections.

On ALZConnected, you don’t have to explain what it means to live with Alzheimer’s. The other users know, and are willing to offer their advice and solutions to common challenges. We’ll help you to form "connections" with other users, matching you based on common criteria. Tap into a diverse community via our message boards, or create a private group organized around a specific topic.

Visit alzconnected.org today to join a community of support for those facing Alzheimer’s.

 

Education programs

We offer many educational programs throughout the year that address the specific interests of the general public, individuals with the disease and their families. Find an education program near you.

Online eLearning courses

You can participate in several online courses from the convenience of your computer. Participate in an online course.

  • Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
  • The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease
  • Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease
  • and more...

Professional training

We offer classroom and Web-based training for healthcare supervisors and direct care workers in assisted living and nursing homes. Professional training listings.

Publications

The Alzheimer’s Association offers dozens of fact sheets and brochures. We also maintain a variety of educational materials (brochures, videos, audiotapes and books) on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. To learn more about our library, call us at 800.272.3900. Click here for a listing.

eNewsletter

Click the following links below to view past articles and sign up for our eNewsletters - Chapter Updates and Caring for the Caregiver. Sign up for our e-newsletter

Multilingual information

Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that cause dementia know no boundaries. Many individuals and families in ethnic and cultural minority groups are in need of solid information about Alzheimer’s and health resources.

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Speakers Bureau

Do you want to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease? The Michigan Great Lakes Chapter has professionals and trained volunteers to lead workshops and presentations on caregiving issues, symptoms and warning signs of memory loss and dementia, and other related topics for community groups, health care providers, and caregivers. To schedule a presentation, contact your local office at 800.272.3900.

Lending Library

The Alzheimer’s Association Lending Libraries offer free borrowing privileges to those interested in learning more about Alzheimer's disease. Persons wishing to borrow materials must fill out an application. As a borrower you are responsible for returning materials by the due date or requesting an extension, and replacing any materials you lose or damage.

Loan Period - The loan period is four weeks for books and one week for videos. If the materials are not returned by the due date, a reminder call will be made. Materials that are not returned after this reminder will be charged to your credit card. A charge is also incurred if the materials are returned damaged.

Community Lending Library Locations

Adrian
Lenawee County Dept. On Aging, 1040 S. Winter Street, #303

Ann Arbor
Caregiver Resource Center, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd, Ste C
COMING MAY 1, 2014:  Alzheimer's Association, 564 S. Main St., Suite 200

Chelsea
MOVING MAY 1, 2014 TO ANN ARBOR:  Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, 310 N Main St, Suite 100

Jackson
Jackson County Dept. On Aging, 134 Cortland

Kalamazoo
Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
South West Office, Columbia Plaza, 350 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 20

Lansing
Tri-County Office On Aging, 5303 South Cedar Street

Ludington
Mason County District Library, 217 East Ludington Avenue

Muskegon
Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
West Shore Office, 1740 Village Drive, Suite 336

Okemos
Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
Capital Regional Office, 2111 University Park Drive, Suite 200

White Cloud
Newaygo County Commission on Aging, 93 S Gibbs St

Materials in the Community Lending Library

Please call the community lending library near you to confirm the availability of these resources. Additional titles are available at your local chapter office. Spanish language resource materials are available at the Adrian, Chelsea Chapter office and Jackson lending library locations.

Books

  • Alzheimer’s Early Stages; Kuhn, 1999. First steps in caring and treatment.
  • Alzheimer’s: The Answers You Need; Davies and Jensen, 1998.
  • Failure-free Activities for the Alzheimer’s Patient; Sheridan, 1995. A guidebook for caregivers.
  • Key Elements of Dementia Care; Alzheimer’s/dementia care focus, 1997.
  • Late Stage Dementia Care; Kovach, 1997. A basic guide to caring for persons in the later stages.
  • Moving A Relative With Memory Loss; White and Spencer, 2000. A family caregiver guide.
  • The 36-Hour Day; Mace, 1991. A family guide to caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementia and memory loss in later life.
  • The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care; Bell and Troxel, 1997.
  • Understanding Difficult Behaviors; Robinson, Spencer, and White, 1998. Practical suggestions for coping with Alzheimer’s disease.

Videos

  • Orientation to Alzheimer’s Disease (VHS)
  • Communicating (VHS)
  • Managing Difficult Behaviors (VHS)
  • Meeting Daily Challenges (VHS)
  • The Family Guide to Alzheimer's Disease (5 Volume DVD Series) - Adrian, Ann Arbor Chapter office and Jackson locations only

Call the chapter office nearest you at 800.272.3900 for additional titles.

MedicAlert® + Safe Return®

MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. We provide 24-hour, nationwide assistance, no matter when or where the person is reported missing. Learn more about Safe Return.

Local resources and referrals

We maintain updated information on home care, adult day care, care coordination, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, eldercare lawyers and transportation available in the community. Our staff and trained professionals can help assess whether a specific care provider meets the needs of an individual with Alzheimer’s. For more information, please contact us by phone: 800.272.3900.

Clinical studies

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