Core programs and services
Information and referral — A chapter helpline provides emotional support to the caller as well as information about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, chapter services and referrals to community resources. The Southeast Florida Chapter maintain updated information on home care, adult day care, care coordination, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, eldercare lawyers, financial planners and transportation. Staff and trained volunteers can help assess whether a specific care provider meets the individual needs of a person with Alzheimer’s.
Other information services include:
Care consultation — Dedicated professional staff help people navigate through the difficult decisions and uncertainties people with Alzheimer’s and their families face at every stage of the disease. Services can be provided by telephone, e-mail or in-person These include:
Support groups — Peer- or professionally led groups for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer’s disease are facilitated by trained individuals. Many locations offer specialized groups for children, individuals with early-onset and early-stage Alzheimer’s, adult caregivers and others with specific needs.
Safety services — The Southeast Florida Chapter promote and encourage people with Alzheimer’s to enroll in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®. When a person with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia wanders or has a medical emergency, the chapter provides support to the family and assists law enforcement.
Education — The Southeast Florida Chapter maintain a variety of educational materials (brochures, videos, audiotapes, and books) on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Topics include basic information about the disease, getting a diagnosis, communication techniques, home safety tips, choosing a residential care setting, caregiving experiences and activity programming. Educational programs address the specific interests of the general public, individuals with the disease and their families, and health care and social services professionals. The chapter also provide customized speaking engagements on request. Some educational programs offer continuing education (CE) or continuing medical education (CME) credits.