Alzheimer's Association Help

5 Ways to Get Help Near You

Whether or not you're ready to act publicly on a dementia diagnosis, and even if that diagnosis isn't specifically for Alzheimer's, consider making a call now to a local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. No, it's not too early. Knowledge is power, and it's wise to tap into a variety of resources.

The Association's national helpline is (800) 272-3900. You'll be able to find many resources specific to your area, such as professional referrals and support groups. Here are some of the things you can ask an Alzheimer's Association chapter to do:

  • Help you find camaraderie and advice in a support group for Alzheimer's caregivers

  • Help you find nearby clinical trials for drugs in development

  • Act as a clearinghouse to point you to other community services for support, respite, and information

  • Enroll you in an Alzheimer's Association workshop to learn more about the disease and how to cope with it

  • Tell you about Comfort Zone and MedicAlert + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return, two programs that locate wanderers

Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio

over 6 years, said...

being able to share information with some knowledgable persons We are here by ourselves and I am also disable due to not being able to walk due to my neorapathy I had spinal surgery and have wires insertid in my spine to help move my nerves. I try my best to help my husband. He is 77 and I am 74, will be 75 in May. We both help each other, due to our children are all married and awy from home. None of them are close by, but we thank our Lord for all the help he provides for us. Thanks for listening..

over 6 years, said...

Hello 'nsquillacioti', Thank you for your comment! This is great advice for anyone looking for Alzheimer's resources around the US. Kind regards from the Caring Community

over 6 years, said...

I wish various Alzheimer's and dementia sites would not assume that the Alzheimer's Association is the only "game" in town! The Association is quite weak in many areas of our country AND there are some excellent independent agencies that offer a wide array of Alzheimer's services but are NOT affiliated with the Alzheiimer's Association. If you want to do your readers a real service, I'd suggest you tell them to "look into local Alzheimer's organizations in your community". To only refer to the Association is not only inappropriate from a referral perspective, but it is also not in the best interests of your readers. Nancy Squillacioti, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center in Orlando, Florida.

over 7 years, said...

Hi Jacee, thanks for sharing with us. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. If you'd like to make a donation, one place you should look is on the Alzheimer's Association website. There you have the ability to make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association directly (, or find a local chapter that may also accept donations ( I hope that helps. -- Emily

over 7 years, said...

My Mom just passed away Sunday morning. My Dad was wondering about a local alzheimers chapter in which contributions may be made in honor of my Mom.